Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas
For the Period October 16 to 22, 2018
Producers in the region continue to make significant harvest progress, thanks to the warm and dry weather. Some producers have wrapped up, while others only need a few days to a week or more in order to do so. Ninety-five per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 79 per cent last week and right in line with the five-year (2013-2017) average of 95 for this time of year. Many crops are still coming off tough and are being placed in dryers when available.
No rainfall was reported in most areas, although the Arborfield area reported 1 mm. The Nipawin area has received the most precipitation (458 mm) in the region since April 1.
Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened with the drier weather. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as six per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short.
The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lodging. As well, geese and other wildlife are feeding on swathed crops. Downgrading of some crops is expected at the elevator due to bleaching and sprouting.
Producers are busy combining, drying grain, hauling bales and completing fall field work such as working fields and putting down anhydrous ammonia and granular herbicides.
This is the last weekly Crop Report for the season. There will be a final Crop Report released on November 8, 2018, to capture any additional harvest progress and to summarize the crop year.