Progress continues on harvest

By Charlene Tebbutt
September 6, 2018 - 12:02pm

The province’s weekly crop report is out, and statistics show producers across Saskatchewan are still making significant progress on harvest, although some areas have seen damage due to winds and frost.

The weekly report from the province’s Ministry of Agriculture lists 39 per cent of this year’s crop now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year average of 25 for this same time. The report stated 32 per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to be straight cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region of the province, where 60 per cent of the crop has been combined. In the southwest, 56 per cent of the crop is combined, with the west central and east central regions both at 32 per cent.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are sitting at 22 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short, and 31 per cent very short. Hay and pasture topsoil conditions are rated as being 18 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 41 per cent very short, the province said.

The following lists specific crops and the amounts they’ve been combined: Fall rye, 97 per cent; winter wheat 92 per cent; field peas 86 per cent; mustard 53 per cent; durum 49 per cent; barley 46 per cent; spring wheat 28 per cent; and canola 19 per cent. The report said 26 per cent of oats has been combined, along with 30 per cent of chickpeas, eight per cent of canary seed and five per cent flax. Just over 50 per cent of canola and 30 per cent of spring wheat have been swathed or are ready to be straight cut.

According to the report, not much progress was made on soybeans, and are sitting at just five per cent combined.

On the topic of safety on the farm, SaskPower is reporting four cases of farm machinery coming into contact with overhead power lines in the last week, bringing the total to 22 in August.


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