Despite some recent rain, Saskatchewan farmers remain ahead of the five-year harvest average
According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, 71 per cent of the crop is combined, with 21 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
The five-year average from 2008-12 for this time of year was 60 per cent combined and 23 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
In the northeast region, which includes Prince Albert, harvest is 68 per cent complete. Last week it was 39 per cent done, two weeks it was 15 per cent and three weeks ago it was two per cent.
The west-central region leads with 86 per cent of the crop combined. Elsewhere, the southwest is 79 per cent, the northwest is 73 per cent, the southeast is 62 per cent and east-central region is 60 per cent complete.
So far, the harvested crop is average to above-average yields in most areas.
Spring wheat average yields are reported as 46 bushels per acre, durum at 44, barley at 68, canola at 38 and peas at 43 per acre.
Topsoil moisture on crop land across the province is rated as three per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.
Topsoil moisture on hay and pasture land is rated as two per cent surplus, 50 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.