Northeast Crop Report – Harvest Falls Behind Due To Rain

(Last Updated On: September 28, 2017)

Ministry of Agriculture Crop Report For Northeastern Saskatchewan

For the Period August September 19 to 25, 2017

Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas

Harvest ground to a halt this past week, thanks to the recent rainfall. Very little combining was done and harvest progress remains at 53 per cent. The five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year is 69 per cent. Thirty-four per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Several weeks of warm and dry weather will be needed for the rest of the crop to dry down sufficiently for combining. Some crop is coming off tough and being placed in aeration bins.

Rainfall this past week ranged from 7 mm in the Melfort area to 35 mm in the Nipawin area. The Nipawin area has reported the most precipitation (554 mm) in the region since April 1. Topsoil moisture conditions have greatly improved with the recent moisture. Across the region, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 50 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 56 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

A hard frost hit last week, although damage is expected to be minimal as most crops were advanced enough. Strong winds have also blown some swaths around. Birds and deer have been damaging swathed crops.

Producers are busy combining, working fields and moving cattle.

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