Northeast region drier, harvest farther along than rest of province

By paNOW Staff
October 27, 2016 - 1:57pm
file photo/battlefordsNOW Staff

Continued wet weather around the province has resulted in very little harvest progress since the beginning of October. But the northeast region is drier than most allowing for combines and continued harvesting since the snow fell roughly three weeks ago.

In Saskatchewan as a whole, only 82 per cent of the 2016 crop is combined, while the five-year average for this time of year is 99 per cent.

The northeast region is doing considerably better, as the dry weather allowed combines access to a select number of fields. The region is much farther ahead the rest of the province at 93 per cent in the bin.

While most areas reported no precipitation for the week cropland topsoil moisture conditions are still rated as 77 per cent surplus and only 23 per cent adequate, resulting in little change from the last three weeks.

Most crop damage is attributed to the continuous wet conditions and snow that has lodged the crop in the field.

There is grade loss on account of wet harvest weather, and quality issues and downgrades from bleaching and sprouting.

The warmer temperatures have allowed for most of the snow to melt. Dry and sunny weather is needed for the next several days to continue with harvest and dry the swaths during the day.

 

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Sun setting on local harvest operations

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