Ministry of Agriculture Crop Report For Northeastern Saskatchewan:
For the Period September 12 to 18, 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
The northeastern region continues to make good harvest progress. 53% of the crop is now in the bin, up from 37% last week and well ahead of the five-year (2012-
2016) average of 45% for this time of year. 31% of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.
The region received rainfall last week ranging from trace amounts to 24 mm in the Melfort area. The Arborfield area has reported the most precipitation (272 mm) in the region since April 1.
Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly improved with recent moisture. Across the region, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 23% adequate, 68% short and 9% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10% adequate, 79% and 11% very short.
There are many reports of crops yielding much better than expected due to timely rain throughout the growing season. However, there are also some reports of crops yielding much less than normal in more western areas of the region. Crop quality has been good to excellent so far with minimal disease and weathering issues.
The majority of crop damage this past week is attributed to lack of moisture and light frost. Pastures are in better shape than in much of the province, although significant rain will be needed to help replenish the topsoil. Pasture conditions in the region are rated as 21% good, 48% fair, 28% poor and 3% very poor.
Producers are busy combining, hauling bales and working fields.
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