The harvest progress stalled slightly over the past three weeks in Saskatchewan due to the wet weather.
Because of the constant heavy rain and snow recorded since early October, only 81 per cent of the province’s crop was combined, whereas in the past five years the average in mid-October was 93 per cent.
Southeastern Saskatchewan had the highest harvest in the province, with an average of 89 per cent completed. The northeast region, where Prince Albert is located, sits at 80 per cent, only a one per cent difference compared with the rest of the province.
Though above this year’s provincial average, northeast region’s harvest progress was still considered low comparing to the past five years’ 92 per cent.
Wheat in the region saw the most progress with 86 per cent in the bin. Seventy-seven per cent of oats were combined and canola sat at 73.
Little field work could be done under the wet weather conditions. Total precipitation observed in northeastern Saskatchewan ranged from the lowest at 35 mm in Birch Hills, to the highest at 103 mm in Tisdale. As a result, cropland topsoil moisture was 78 per cent surplus and rated only 22 per cent adequate.
Most crop damage in the past week was caused by the rain and snow. Due to the still very wet field conditions, agricultural experts expected grade loss and downgrades from bleaching and sprouting. Dry and sunny weather is needed for the next several days for the rest of the harvest to continue.
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