Wet weather continues to slow Saskatchewan harvest

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Cool, wet weather continues to delay harvest operations in Saskatchewan, with only five per cent progress in combine operations according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's crop report for the period of Sept. 26 to Sept. 1.

The latest crop report estimates seven per cent of the provincial crop has now been combined, up from two per cent during the period of Aug. 19 to 25.

An additional 28 per cent of provincial crops are swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average for this time of year is 14 per cent combined and 23 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Despite an earlier round of heavy rains, the Southwestern region is the furthest advanced with 17 per cent of the crop combined, an increase of 10 per cent from the previous crop report. Seven per cent is combined in the Southeast; six per cent in the West-Central region; three per cent in the East-Central and Northeastern regions; and two per cent in the Northwest.

Heavy rain and strong winds in the Southwest have lodged many crops, while hail has severely damaged others. It is expected that there will be significant downgrading of pulses and cereals due to sprouting or bleaching.

Across the province, 65 per cent of fall rye, 42 per cent of field peas, 32 per cent of winter wheat, 23 per cent of lentils, nine per cent of mustard and two per cent of canola have been combined. Fifty-three per cent of canola and 21 per cent of mustard is swathed.

Rainfall in the province ranged from nil to 63 millimetres in some southern areas. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland is rated as 24 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Pasture conditions across the province are rated as 21 per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 12 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Ninety-seven per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate supplies of water for their livestock. At this time, crop reporters are indicating that seven per cent of the forage crops did not get cut or baled due to excess moisture and dry-down issues.

Hail, heavy rains, flooding and strong winds caused some crop damage this week. Many crops have lodged and there are quality concerns with some pulses and cereals.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and are hoping for improved weather.

Follow the 2014 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Agriculture

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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