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Harvest progress well above five-year average

Information from the latest crop report, for the period of August 24 to 30
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Harvest operations continue to progress rapidly across the province.

Thirty-six per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 29 per cent last week and well over the five-year (2016-2020) average of 22 per cent. An additional 30 per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The southwest region continues to have the most progress in the province with 47 per cent of the crop now combined. The southeast region — which includes Moose Jaw — has 42 per cent combined, the west-central 36 per cent, the east-central 25 per cent, the northeast 34 per cent, and the northwest 21 per cent.

Ninety-nine per cent of the winter wheat, 83 per cent of the fall rye, 85 per cent of the lentils, 84 per cent of the field peas, 57 per cent of the mustard, 40 per cent of the durum, 11 per cent of the chickpeas, 36 per cent of the spring wheat, and 11 per cent of the canola has now been combined. 

An additional 19 per cent of the canola and 16 per cent of the mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Many parts of the province experienced scattered rain showers this week. The Briercrest area received 74 mm.

This moisture has helped green up pastures. This may allow cattle producers to continue pasture grazing and save their winter feed stocks.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve in most areas due to cooler temperatures and recent rains. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 40 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short, and 25 per cent very short. 

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short, and 29 per cent very short.

The rain has caused downgrading of many crops still standing in fields. Reported yields are far lower than average for many parts of the province with some areas reporting fields that have yielded almost nothing.

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