YORKTON - Due to a lack of rainfall, producers were able to combine with minimal interruptions, according to the crop report for the period of September 12 to 18. The region is now 66 per cent completed harvest, ahead of the five-year average of 56 per cent.
Producers are finishing up their spring seeded cereals and are now focusing on their canola harvest. Durum is 87 per cent complete, barley is 82 per cent, spring wheat is 78 per cent, oats are 60 per cent and canary seed is 19 per cent. Mustard harvest is complete for the year, canola is 48 per cent complete and soybeans are 34 per cent harvested. Peas and lentils are completely harvested and little progress has been made in chickpeas.
The Goodeve area received the most rain in the region this week, recording seven mm. Topsoil is mostly short in the region, with 33 per cent of cropland having adequate moisture, 60 per cent is short and seven per cent is very short. Twenty-one per cent of hay and pastures have adequate moisture, 66 per cent are short and 12 per cent are very short.
Pastures are in relatively good condition in the region, with three per cent of pastures in excellent condition, 10 per cent are in good condition, 51 per cent are fair, 34 per cent are poor and two per cent are very poor.
Minimal crop damage was reported this week in the region. Producers are busy combining while the nice weather lasts and are beginning their fall field work. Producers are also preparing winter feed supplies and marketing cattle.