It’s starting to be that time of the year again for some Saskatchewan farmers.
Harvest is just beginning in some areas, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, with pulses being desiccated and canola swathed.
As well, there has been some combining of pulses and winter cereals in southern regions. Crops are starting to turn in many areas and the general harvest will begin in coming weeks.
Warm weather recently has helped, with more of it needed for the next while to help out crops that are 10 days to two weeks behind.
Haying continues across the province, with swathed hay drying too slowly in some areas and rain showers putting the bailing process baehind in others.
The crop report said that estimated average dry land hay yields are 1.5 tons per acre (alfalfa), 1.4 tons per acre (alfalfa/brome hay), 1.1 tons per acre (other tame hay), one ton per acre (wild hay) and two tons per acre (greenfeed).
Meanwhile, on irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 2.4 tons per acre (alfalfa), 2.2 tons per acre (alfalfa/brome hay), four tons per acre (other tame hay), 1.8 tons per acre (wild hay) and 2.6 tons per acre (greenfeed).
Topsoil moisture on Saskatchewan cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and one per cent very short while Saskatchewan hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and one per cent very short.
Some crops were damaged last week by heavy rain while, in some areas, grasshoppers and lygus bugs are also causing some damage, as are leaf spot diseases and fusarium head blight.