Farmscape for August 21, 2017
Saskatchewan Agriculture reports farmers in the drier southern regions of the province lead the way in terms of harvest progress with those in the saturated areas of the north just getting into the fields.
Saskatchewan Agriculture released its weekly crop report Thursday.
Shannon Friesen, a Cropping Management Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says while farmers in the many areas of south continue to deal with excessively dry conditions farmers in the northwest in particular have gotten many inches of rain and are dealing with surplus moisture.
Clip-Shannon Friesen-Saskatchewan Agriculture:
Provincially seven percent of the crop is now in the bin and seven percent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut.
That is well ahead of the five year average of four percent combined and six percent swathed or ready to straight cut.
Certainly, although we are slightly ahead of the five year average, most of that is due of course to the lack of moisture we've had all year and the crops have been advancing very very quickly.
The southwest leads the province with 17 percent of the crop now combined, the southeast region has 11 percent, the west central region is at three percent and the east central region only has one percent at the moment.
Many producers in the north are expecting to be in the fields in the next couple of weeks but all of that depends on the weather and if fields actually dry up for them.
Provincially 82 percent of the fall rye, 50 percent of the winter wheat, 35 percent of the lentils, 28 percent of the field peas, three percent of the durum and two percent of the mustard are now in the bin and six percent of the canola and five percent of the mustard have now been swathed.
Things have been going fairly well for us.
We have had a few rain delays but it really hasn't kept us out of the fields for more than a few days.
Friesen says the lack of rain has resulted in lower yields but quality has been excellent and there have been few problems with disease or insect damage.
She say farmers in the south will be looking for rain, especially once harvest wraps up, while farmers in the north will be looking for drier weather.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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