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Saskatchewan Crop Report
9/20 3:48 PM

OMAHA (DTN) -- The following are highlights from the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, for the period Sept. 11-17. The report was released Aug. 20.

A wet and cool week stalled most harvest operations in the province. Sixty-two percent of the crop is now in the bin, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2013-2017) average is 53% for this time of year. Twenty-six percent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Rain fell over the majority of the province, with the largest amounts being reported in the central and northern regions. Many areas in these regions recorded more than 30 mm of rain. Snow was reported in the northwest region.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 86% of the crop is now combined. The southeast region has 84% combined, the west-central 57% and the east-central region 55%. The northeast region has 29% combined while the northwest region has 17% combined.

Ninety-six percent of the lentils, 95% of the field peas, 78% of the durum, 50% of spring wheat, 44% of the canola and 25% of the flax has now been combined.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions have improved. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 4% surplus, 40% adequate, 37% short and 19% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 31% adequate, 38% short and 31% very short.

Limited rainfall throughout many regions of the province has pasture conditions rated as 14% in good condition, 23% in fair condition, 36% in poor condition and 27% in very poor condition.

The majority of crop damage was due to lodging and rain causing quality loss.

SaskPower says there were two reported cases of farm machinery contacting electrical equipment over the last week, bringing the total in September to eight.

The following are the results by district:

SOUTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICT 1 -- CARNDUFF, ESTEVAN, REDVERS, MOOSOMIN AND KIPLING AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 2 -- WEYBURN, MILESTONE, MOOSE JAW, REGINA AND QU'APPELLE AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 3ASE -- RADVILLE AND LAKE ALMA AREAS)

Some areas in the region were able to get a few more days on the combines before rain showers rolled in again by the weekend. Eighty-four percent of the crop is in the bin, up from 77% last week. The five-year average (2013-2017) is 63% combined. Overall, crop quality is good. There are large variations in yield over very short distances between fields, which is mainly due to variants in growing season rainfall. Many producers have finished harvest; however, there are still fields of flax, soybean and canola left to combine in some areas.

The Carnduff area received 13 mm of rain, the Tantallon area 12 mm, the Grenfell area 17 mm, the Weyburn area 8 mm, the Moose Jaw area 27 mm, the Wilcox area 9 mm and the Radville area 6 mm. The Lampman area maintains the record (419 mm) for rain in the region since April 1. The lack of rain in some parts of the region leaves many pastures and hay land in need of significant moisture. Cattle have been moved home or are being fed in pastures. There are reports of significantly more straw baled to help with feed shortages.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 12% adequate, 45% short and 43% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 5% adequate, 32% short and 63% very short. Crop District 2A is reporting that 70% of cropland and 78% of hay land and pasture remains very short of topsoil moisture at this time.

Limited rain during the growing season has put some grazing pressure on pastures in the region. Fourteen percent of the pastures in the region are in fair condition going in to the winter months, 40% are rated as poor and 46% are rated as very poor.

The majority of crop damage this past week is due to lack of moisture. There are still concerns regarding the lack of feed and grass fire risk in many parts of the region. Winter cereal acres are expected to decrease due to dry field conditions.

Producers are busy combining, moving cattle and baling straw.

SOUTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICT 3ASW -- CORONACH, ASSINIBOIA AND OGEMA AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 3AN -- GRAVELBOURG, MOSSBANK, MORTLACH AND CENTRAL BUTTE AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 3B -- KYLE, SWIFT CURRENT , SHAUNAVON AND PONTEIX AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 4 -- CONSUL, MAPLE CREEK AND LEADER AREAS)

A damp week slowed harvest progress. Eighty-six percent of the crop has been combined, up from 82% last week and well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 66% for this time of year.

Rain was reported from most of the region and was welcomed, even though producers are trying to finish harvest. Some of the driest areas received significant moisture, while others did not record much precipitation. The Rockglen area recorded 26 mm, the Limerick area 19 mm, the Eyebrow and Gull Lake areas 24 mm, the Shaunavon area 42 mm, the Swift Current area 48 mm, and the Consul area 30 mm. The Shaunavon area has recorded the most rainfall (258 mm) in the region since April 1. The Lucky Lake area has reported the least amount of rainfall in the region since April 1 (89 mm). Many pastures and hay land are still in need of significant moisture.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved significantly since last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 28% adequate, 45% short and 27% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 17% adequate, 48% short and 35% very short. Crop district 3ASW is reporting 60% of the crop, hay and pasture acres are very short of topsoil moisture at this time.

As the grazing season comes to an earlier end than normal due to a very dry growing season, 22% of the pastures in the region are in fair condition at this time, while 46 and 32% are rated in poor and very poor condition.

Because of uneven germination and growing season hail damage, there are reports of cereal crops being slow to finish out maturity and finish off green kernels. Concerns remain about feed shortages and the risk of fire with the dry conditions. Many producers are moving their cattle home and, in some cases, turning them out into stubble to gain a few more days of grazing.

Producers are busy combining, baling straw, hauling bales, moving cattle and controlling weeds.

EAST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICT 5 -- MELVILLE, YORKTON, CUPAR, KAMSACK, FOAM LAKE, PREECEVILLE AND KELVINGTON AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 6A -- LUMSDEN, CRAIK, WATROUS AND CLAVET AREAS)

Fields have been fairly quiet over the past two weeks as producers wait for sunny and dry weather to continue with harvest operations. Fifty-five percent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 49% last week. This is still ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 44% for this time of year. Of the crop that was combined this past week, the majority of it was taken off tough and put into driers.

Rainfall reported ranged from 8 mm (Rocanville area) to 44 mm (Ituna area). The Esterhazy area received 19 mm, the Raymore area 40 mm, the Rhein area 34 mm, the Kuroki area 21 mm, the Bethune area 30 mm and the Allan area 10 mm. The Langenburg area has received the most precipitation (414 mm) in the region since April 1.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 47% adequate, 42% short and 11% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 30% adequate, 49% short and 21% very short. The rain is welcomed in the drier areas of the region, despite putting a stop to harvest for the time being.

Four percent of the pastures in the region are rated in good condition, 26% are rated in fair condition, 41% in poor condition and 29% in very poor condition.

Crop reporters have indicated the recent rain will most likely affect crop quality, causing bleaching and staining. There has been some seeding of winter cereals.

Producers are busy trying to combine and hauling hay bales.

WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICTS 6B -- HANLEY, OUTLOOK, LOREBURN, SASKATOON AND ARELEE AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 7A -- ROSETOWN, KINDERSLEY, ESTON, MAJOR; CD 7B -- KERROBERT, MACKLIN, WILKIE AND BIGGAR AREAS)

Combines have been parked for about one week in most of the region due to overcast days and rain. Fifty-seven percent of the crop is combined, up from 53% last week. The five-year (2013-2017) average for this time of year is 52% combined.

Rain reported ranged from 3 mm (Macklin area) to 60 mm (Rosetown area). The Perdue area has received the most precipitation (345 mm) in the region since April 1. The least amount of rain has been reported from Outlook at 77 mm since April 1.

Topsoil moisture has improved immensely with the last week's rain. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 47% adequate, 45% short and 8% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 38% adequate, 47% short and 15% very short. The rain was welcomed in the drier areas of the region to help pastures and hay going into the winter months.

As livestock are being moved home from pastures, 7% of the pastures are rated in good condition, 29% in fair condition, 44% in poor condition and 20% in very poor condition.

Rain, along with secondary green growth, has caused major delays in harvest operations. The recent rain is expected to cause some bleaching and staining in some crops.

Producers are busy swathing, hauling hay and trying to combine.

NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICT 8 -- HUDSON BAY, TISDALE, MELFORT, CARROT RIVER, HUMBOLDT, KINISTINO, CUDWORTH AND ABERDEEN AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 9AE -- PRINCE ALBERT, CHOICELAND AND PADDOCKWOOD AREAS)

Another week of cool and damp weather has held up harvest in most areas of the region. Some swathing occurred between rain events. Crops that were taken off in the last couple of weeks have been tough and are being aerated and dried. Twenty-nine percent of the crop is now combined, up from 27% last week. The five-year (2013-2017) average is 40% for this time of year.

The region received some significant rain, which has resulted in wet field conditions. The Nipawin area received the most moisture in the region at 62 mm. The Star City area received 32 mm, the Arbourfield area 36 mm, the Humboldt area 17 mm, the Melfort area 37 mm and the Prince Albert area 40 mm. The Nipawin area has received the most precipitation (409 mm) in the region since April 1.

Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as 18% surplus, 73% adequate and 9% short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 5% surplus, 84% adequate and 11% short.

Timely rains throughout the growing season has left pastures in decent condition as the grazing season comes to a close. Five percent of the pastures in the region are rated in excellent condition, 51% in good condition, 33% in fair condition and 11% in poor condition.

Geese are starting to show up on swathed crops. The rain and very few drying days are expected to cause bleaching, staining and sprouting in some crops. Grain dryers will be needed to help bring the crop moisture down for safe storage.

Producers are busy hauling hay and waiting for weather conditions to improve.

NORTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN (CROP DISTRICT 9AW -- SHELLBROOK, NORTH BATTLEFORD, BIG RIVER AND HAFFORD AREAS; CROP DISTRICT 9B -- MEADOW LAKE, TURTLEFORD, PIERCELAND, MAIDSTONE AND LLOYDMINSTER AREAS)

Cool, cloudy and wet weather has continued to slow harvest operations in the region. Snow was reported in the Lloydminster and Meadow Lake areas, ranging from one to six inches, severely lodging crops. Some crops still need time to mature before they can be combined. Crops that were harvested this past week were put into the bin tough and then dried. Seventeen percent of the crop has been put in the bin, behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 38 percent for this time of year. Fifty percent of the crop has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.

Rainfall amounts ranged from 16 mm (Duck Lake) to 70 mm (Meadow Lake). The Radisson area reported 17 mm, the North Battleford area 30 mm, the Glaslyn area 20 mm, the Frenchman Butte area 71 mm and the Pierceland area 31 mm. The Frenchman Butte area has the highest recorded rainfall for the province (since April 1) at 480 mm. A break in the cool and wet weather is needed for harvest to continue.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 16% surplus, 64% adequate, 13% short and 7% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 8% surplus, 72% adequate, 13% short and seven% very short.

At this time, 44% of the pastures are rated in good condition, 30% in fair condition, 17% in poor condition and 9% in very poor condition.

Crop damage this past week is mostly attributed to cool and wet weather. Lodging, bleaching and staining are causing quality losses. Geese are starting to move into mature crops. Producers are waiting for some good weather to allow them to continue harvest operations. A good week of sunny and dry weather will be needed before harvest can continue.

(AG)

 
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