Saskatchewan harvest ahead of five-year average

Harvest is ahead of schedule in Saskatchewan, with 39 percent of the crop in the bin, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture released Sept. 6.

Harvest is the furthest along in the southwest corner with 60 percent of the crop combined. The southeast is 56 percent complete; the west-central and east-central regions are at 32 percent, while the northeast is at 14 percent and north-west at eight percent.

The provincial fall rye harvest is almost complete at 97 percent, while the winter crop is 92 percent harvested. Eighty-three percent of the Saskatchewan lentil crop is combined, the field pea harvest is 86 percent complete, the mustard crop is at 53 percent, durum is 49 percent done, spring wheat is at 28 percent and canola is 19 percent combined. The oat harvest is at 26 percent complete, chickpeas are 30 percent harvested, canaryseed is at eight percent and flax is five percent done.

The soybean harvest has been slow-moving with only five percent of it done, which was the same as last week.

Provincially 32 percent of the crop is swathed or ready to be straight-cut. Fifty-seven percent of canola, 34 percent of spring wheat and 11 percent of the mustard crop are swathed or ready to be straight-cute.

Cool and damp conditions this week did hamper harvest progress a bit. However despite the rain, lack of moisture did cause some crop damage this week along with strong winds. Frost was also reported in parts of the province.

Across Saskatchewan, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated at 22 percent adequate, 47 percent short and 31 percent very short. Hay land and pasture soil moisture is rated at 18 percent adequate, 41 percent short and 41 percent very short.

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