Crop Report Published by the Ministry of Agriculture For the Period September 5 to 11, 2017
Excerpt: Northeastern Saskatchewan:
• Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas
• Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland, and Paddockwood areas About one-quarter of the region’s crops were combined in the last week.
Producers now have 37 per cent of the crop in the bin, up from 12 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) average of 27 per cent for this time of year.
Thirty-eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Durum grades in the region are estimated as 25 per cent 1CWAD, 50 per cent 2CWAD and 25 per cent 3CWAD, while estimated field pea grades are 14 per cent 1CAN, 79 per cent 2CAN and seven per cent 3CAN.
No rain was reported in the region this past week. The Arborfield area has reported receiving the most precipitation (271 mm) in the region since April 1.
Topsoil moisture conditions have worsened with the lack of rain, strong winds, and warm temperatures. Across the region, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 32 per cent adequate, 53 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.
Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 16 per cent very short. Lack of moisture has caused the majority of crop damage this past week, while strong winds have blown canola swaths around.
There are reports of combine and stubble fires in the region and rainfall would be welcomed to help alleviate concerns. Producers are busy with harvest operations.