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Majority of this year’s harvest is in the bin

Information from the latest crop report, for the period of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6
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Harvest operations across the province continue at a steady pace.

Fifty-six per cent of the crop now in the bin. That is a jump from 36 per cent reported last week and well ahead of the five-year average (2016-2020) of 35 per cent.

An additional 24 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. 

The southwest region has made the most progress with 75 per cent of the crop now combined. The southeast — which includes Moose Jaw and area — has 67 per cent combined, the west-central 58 per cent, the east-central 38 per cent, the northeast 47 per cent, and the northwest 37 per cent.

The Moose Jaw area received 25 mm of rain last week.

Ninety-six per cent of field peas, 93 per cent of lentils, 74 per cent of mustard, 66 per cent of barley, 75 per cent of durum, 58 per cent of spring wheat, and 31 per cent of canola has now been combined. An additional 44 per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Estimated average crop yields at this time are 27 bushels per acre for hard red spring wheat, 19 bushels per acre for durum, 38 bushels per acre for barley, 20 bushels per acre for canola, 21 bushels per acre for field peas, and 817 pounds per acre for lentils. 

Windy conditions this past week led to a deterioration of cropland topsoil moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 38 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short, and 23 per cent very short. 

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture improved this week and is rated as one per cent surplus, 25 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short, and 35 per cent very short.

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