Northeastern Saskatchewan Crop Report For:
Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth, and Aberdeen areas
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland, and Paddockwood areas
A quarter of the region’s crops were harvested last week, thanks to some warm and dry weather. Many producers worked long hours to combine remaining crops before the weekend rain; some crop is coming off tough and being placed in aeration bins.
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Seventy-eight percent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 53 percent last week, but slightly below the five-year (2012-2016) average of 80 percent for this time of year. Several weeks of warm and dry weather are needed in order for producers to finish.
Heavy rainfall was received in much of the region, ranging from 3 mm in the Garrick and Birch Hills areas to 78 mm in the Porcupine Plain area. Many areas reported receiving at least 25 mm of rain. The Porcupine Plain area has reported the most precipitation (344 mm) in the region since April 1.
Across the region, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 59 percent adequate and 25 percent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 62 percent adequate and 33 percent short.
Yield estimates vary throughout the region but range from about average to well above average in the region. Timely moisture throughout the season positively affected production for most producers. Spring wheat grades at this point in time are being reported as 70 percent 1 CW, 25 percent 2 CW, four percent 3 CW and one percent CW Feed. Crop damage this past week was due to strong winds, localized
Crop damage this past week was due to strong winds, localized flooding, and wildlife such as elk, deer, and waterfowl. Post-harvest herbicide applications continue on those fields that have active weed growth.
Producers are busy combining, moving cattle and working fields.