Sunshine brings bright outlook for harvest

By Brent Bosker
October 7, 2010 - 4:30pm


Another week of warm and sunny weather has allowed farmers to make significant progress on this year's harvest.

Sixty per cent of the crop is now in the bin province wide, according to the latest crop report prepared by Saskatchewan Agriculture.

That represents a 31 per cent increase over the previous week, but still behind the five year average of 85 per cent complete by this time of year.

Grant McLean, with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said he knew the harvest was going to get done, the big question was when.

"It was very frustrating for most of September and so the last two weeks have really been a blessing for producers," said McLean.

Even with the mild October weather, McLean said the biggest challenge facing farmers is still wet fields.

"Particularly producers in the North, many of these fields are still very wet," said McLean.

The record rains this year has not only delayed seeding, but resulted in a later harvest.

McLean said, there’s certainly been a decrease in the quality with the late harvest.

The northeast region, which includes Prince Albert, has seen 68 per cent of the crop taken off.

"About 12 percent of the (spring wheat) is number one CW, 41 per cent two CW, 30 per cent three CW and 17 per cent as feed." said McLean.

According to the crop report, the northeast region is the furthest along. McLean said, that is a direct result of fewer acres planted because of spring flooding.

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