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Harvest continues to advance rapidly

Information from the latest crop report, for the period of Sept. 7 to 13
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The relatively warm, dry weather has allowed harvest operations across the province to continue to advance steadily.

Seventy-four per cent of the crop has been combined, up from 56 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2016-2020) average of 50 per cent for this time of year. 

An additional 17 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Warm and dry weather is desired to continue drying down crops and allow harvest to continue without delay.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 85 per cent of the crop is in the bin. The southeast — which includes Moose Jaw and area — has 81 per cent combined, the west-central 79 per cent, the east-central 63 per cent, the northeast 69 per cent, and the northwest 57 per cent.

Ninety-nine per cent of lentils, 98 per cent of field peas, 86 per cent of mustard, 82 per cent of barley, 89 per cent of durum, 83 per cent of spring wheat, 54 per cent of canola, and 25 per cent of flax has now been combined. An additional 34 per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Durum grades are being estimated as 27 per cent 1 CW, 34 per cent 2 CW, 28 per cent 3 CW, and eleven per cent 4 and 5 CW. Pea grades are estimated as 25 per cent 1 CAN, 62 per cent 2 CAN, 12 per cent 3 CAN, and one per cent Sample grade. Lentil grades are estimated to be 20 per cent 1 CAN, 62 per cent 2 CAN, 15 per cent 3 CAN, and three per cent Sample grade.

Most of the province received very little to no rainfall this week. The Moose Jaw area reported 2 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions in the province continue to deteriorate due to strong winds and minimal rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short, and 26 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short, and 35 per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to hail, wind, and dry conditions. Frost was recorded in one RM in the northwest region.

A complete, printable version of the crop report is available online.