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Harvest advancing quickly throughout the province

Information from the latest crop report, for the period of Aug. 10 to 16, 2021
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Farmers have taken advantage of the weather, resulting in this year’s harvest being well ahead of schedule. 

Twenty per cent of the provincial crop is now combined and in the bin. That is significantly higher than the five-year average (2016-2020) of four per cent.  

Five per cent of the crop is swathed and 14 per cent is ready to straight combine, up from the five-year average of seven per cent.  

Eighty-three per cent of winter wheat, 75 per cent of fall rye, 64 per cent of field peas and lentils, 25 per cent of barley, and 13 per cent of spring wheat has been combined. Twelve per cent of canola has been swathed or is ready to straight-cut.

Thirty-four per cent of the crop in the southwest region has been combined, followed by 22 per cent in the southeast — which includes Moose Jaw and area — 13 per cent in the east central, 18 per cent in the west central, 14 per cent in the northeast, and seven per cent in the northwest.  

Some producers in the southern regions of the province are more than halfway done their harvest.

Most of the province failed to receive significant amounts of rainfall this week. Moisture conditions have declined.  

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent adequate, 29 per cent short, and 67 per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent adequate, 21 per cent short, and 77 per cent very short.

A complete version of the crop report is available online.