Farmers persevere through week of wet, cool weather

By farmnewsNOW Staff
October 4, 2018 - 2:00pm

Despite mother nature's best attempts to interfere, Saskatchewan farmerrs continue to make some good gain in the fields.

Seventy-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin according to this week's crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture. That's slightly behind the five-year (2013-17) average of 78 per cent for this time of year.  Twenty per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Frequent snow and rain have delayed progress in many areas and fields remain wet. Warm, dry and windy days will be needed in the coming weeks to allow producers to return to the field.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 90 per cent of the crop is now combined. The southeastern region has 89 per cent combined, the west-central region 62 per cent and the east-central region 61 per cent.  The northeastern region has 45 per cent combined, while the northwestern region has 33 per cent combined.

Yield estimates at this time remain about average overall, although they vary greatly across the province depending on the moisture received throughout the season. The upside to the rain and snow is that topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.


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