Mother nature poses challenges for harvest prep

By farmnewsNOW Staff
August 9, 2018 - 2:00pm

Saskatchewan farmers, preparing for harvest, had a struggle with mother nature lately, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report. 

Some areas in the southwest corner of the province, including Cabri and Leader, received hail last week that caused severe damage to crops. Other areas of the province were impacted by either a lack of moisture, strong winds or high temperatures which will bake crops. 

The news was not all bad. Producers in the province have one per cent of the crop combined and two per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average for this time of year is one per cent combined.  Reported yields so far range from average to well-below average.

Fifty-five per cent of the fall rye, 15 per cent of the winter wheat, eight per cent of the field peas and seven per cent of the lentils are now in the bin. One per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Harvest has started in the southern part of the province, where three per cent of the crop is combined. Most producers in the central and northern regions are expecting to be in the field within the next few weeks.


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