As of August 25, 2014 two per cent of the 2014 provincial crop is combined, while 12 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is six per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest has progressed the most in the southwest, where seven per cent of the crop has been combined. At this time, average crop yields are being reported in most areas.
Provincially, 27 per cent of the fall rye, 13 per cent of the winter wheat, 12 per cent of the field peas and eight per cent of the lentils are combined. Twenty-two per cent of the canola is swathed while 14 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest operations have been slowed down by this week’s rain which covered most of the province.
Rainfall across the province this past week ranged from trace amounts to several inches, with some areas in the east-central region receiving up to 141 mm. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 28 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and three per cent short.
Heavy rain, strong winds, flooding and hail caused the majority of reported crop damage this week. Grasshoppers, wheat midge and sclerotinia also caused some damage.
Farmers are hoping for improved weather to resume harvesting operations.