When the harvest moon arrives on September 29 there may not be much harvesting to shine down on.
Southwest producers have completed 93 per cent of combining operations according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report release on Sept. 20.
Province wide the report notes 74 per cent of the 2012 crop is harvested, while another 20 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine. Saskatchewan Agriculture notes the five-year (2007-2011) provincial average for mid September is 55 per cent combined and 28 per cent swathed or ready to straight combine.
Southern Saskatchewan is leading harvest progress, with 93 per cent combined in this corner of the province while the Southeast is close behind at 90 per cent. The east-central region boasts 73 per cent of harvesting completed, followed by the west-central region at 64 per cent, the northeast with 55 per cent, while the northwest is only reporting 45 per cent done. Sixty-seven per cent of spring wheat, 85 per cent of durum, 71 per cent of barley, 74 per cent of canola, 85 per cent of mustard, 27 per cent of flax, 92 per cent of lentils and 98 per cent of field peas have been combined.
The dry harvest weather has resulted in a variety of moisture levels on cropland topsoil, with 14 per cent rated very shot, 33 per cent reported short, while 50 per cent is adequate and only three per cent is surplus.
Similar dry conditions are reported in pasture and hay land topsoil levels, with 20 per cent ranked very short, 34 per cent short, and 45 per cent reported as adequate. Only one per cent is rated as surplus.