Harvest in the northeast makes most progress in province

By Shane O'Neill
September 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

While rain continued to dampen much of Saskatchewan in the last week, periods of dry weather in the Prince Albert and northeast areas helped the region make the most progress in the province, according to this week’s provincial crop report.

So far, 33 per cent of the crop for the year has been combined in the region. Another 51 per cent is swathed ready for straight cutting. The average for this time of year is 30 per cent combined.

Cropland topsoil moisture in the area is rated as 73 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture moisture is 62 per cent adequate.

Wet harvest weather continues to damage crops in some areas and yields are down in the areas hit by flooding earlier in the summer. The damp field conditions are also resulting in equipment getting stuck, causing some headaches for producers.

The southeast is leading the way for the harvest, with 52 per cent of the crop already in the bin. Provincially, 38 per cent of the total crop has been combined with another 38 per cent swathed and ready for cutting. The five-year average for this time of year in the province is 44 per cent combined.

Some frost has been reported already in parts of the northwest, but little damage is expected as most crops are already mature.


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Crop report: Dry weather allows for greater harvesting headway

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