As of Oct. 7 eighty-nine per cent of the 2013 crop is now combined and eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Dry weather in most areas of the province resulted in significant harvest progress being made over the past week. The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 85 per cent combined and 11 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Harvest is most advanced in the west-central region, where 97 per cent of the crop is combined. Eighty-five per cent is combined in the southeast; 94 per cent in the southwest; 83 per cent in the east-central region; 85 per cent in the northeast and 92 per cent in the northwest. Harvest progress by crop district ranges from 99 to 76 per cent combined.
Of the crop that has been harvested, average to above-average yields are being reported in most areas. Spring wheat average yields are reported as 47 bushels per acre, durum 44 bushels per acre, barley 69 bushels per acre, canola 38 bushels per acre and peas 43 bushels per acre. Average yields vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Provincial spring wheat quality is estimated to be above average. Grades for spring wheat are estimated as 59 per cent 1CW, 31 per cent 2CW, nine per cent 3CW and one per cent CW feed.
The amount of rainfall across the province ranged from nil to 36 mm. The northwestern region received most of the rainfall over the past week.
Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.
Rain and wind caused the majority of the crop damage. Crop damage due to rain has resulted in bleaching and sprouting in some cereal crops. Wind has caused some shattering losses in swathed canola and ripe crops.
Farmers are busy combining, hauling bales and completing fall weed control operations.
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