Favourable weather with little interruption by rain helped speed crop development across the province this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.
Harvesting has begun in many areas. Less than one per cent of the 2013 provincial crop has been combined, while four per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.
By comparison, the five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is seven per cent combined and nine per cent swathed or ready to straight cut.
Across Saskatchewan, five per cent of the peas and winter wheat and two per cent of lentils have been combined. Five per cent of the canolas have been swathed. Canola swathing has started in southern regions of the province and is expected to start in the northeast around Prince Albert and northwest regions this week.
Dessication of pulses has just began in the northwest and northeast regions. In order to get the majority of the crop in the bin in good condition, warm weather will be needed into the harvest season.
Rain across the province this week ranged from zero to 88 millimetres. Grasshoppers and bertha armyworms caused some damage to crops. Crop reporters indicate that armyworm populations are very high in the northeast and east-central regions.
Province-wide, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as three per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and four per cent very short.
Farmers are now busy with harvest operations.