Producers have nine per cent of the 2015 crop combined and 10 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. The five-year average at this time of the year is two per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Sixty-three per cent of fall rye, 59 per cent of winter wheat, 40 per cent of field peas, 34 per cent of lentils and 14 per cent of chickpeas are now in the bin. Three per cent of canola and four per cent of mustard are now in the bin, with 14 per cent of canola and 21 per cent of mustard swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Warm and relatively dry conditions have helped crops develop quickly in many areas.
Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to nearly three inches in some areas.
Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as seven per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and five per cent very short.
The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products. It is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing.
Some crop damage was caused by localized hail, wind and insects such as aphids, grasshoppers and diamondback moths.
Farmers are busy with harvest operations and hauling bales.
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