Harvest slows but Southwest leads province in field work

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Before heavy weekend rains brought the harvest to a grinding halt in the Southwest, this corner of the province continued to lead the province in harvest field work according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report for Aug. 19 to 25.

The Southwest leads the province with seven per cent of the crop combined and an additional 11 per cent swathed or ready for straight-cutting, well ahead of the provincial totals of two per cent combined and 12 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Producers are behind the five-year average of six per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to be straight-cut.

The crop report highlights that many crops in the region are behind normal development and producers are hoping for warmer weather to hasten maturity and harvesting.

Provincially, 27 per cent of fall rye, 13 per cent of winter wheat, 12 per cent of field peas and eight per cent of lentils are combined. Twenty-two per cent of canola is swathed while 14 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest operations have been slowed down by this week’s rain which covered most of the province.

Over the past week rainfall in the region varied from 22 millimetres in the Kyle area north of Saskatchewan Landing, while the Stewart Valley area was soaked with 119 millimetres. Interestingly, the crop report notes that the Cadillac area has received 53.5 centimetres of cumulative rainfall since April 1.

Rainfall across the province this past week ranged from trace amounts to several inches, with some areas in the east-central region receiving over 14 centimetres of precipitation. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 28 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

In the Southwest, strong winds and have rain lodged many crops in the area. Additionally, grasshoppers continue to cause issues in some localized areas. Sclerotinia and fusarium head blight are also causing damage in many crops.

Geographic location: Kyle, Stewart Valley, Southwest Saskatchewan

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