Harvest is virtually complete in the province as 97 per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 91 per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. The five year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 98 per cent combined.
Mild and relatively dry weather allowed most producers to complete harvest, although other producers will need another week or more to finish. The southeast region is the furthest advanced, having 99 per cent of the crop combined. The southwestern, east-central and northeastern regions have 98 per cent of the crop combined, the northwest has 97 per cent and the west-central region has 93 per cent. There are still some flax, canary seed and oat crops left to be combined.
Very little rainfall was received this past week, although some areas around Prince Albert reported receiving 10 mm. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as six per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.
Farmers are busy finishing harvest and fall work.
This is the second-last Crop Report of the season. The final Crop Report will be issued on October 29.