HUMBOLDT - The northeast has crossed the half-way point this week, and the region harvest is now 55 per cent complete, according to the crop report for the period of September 5 to 11. This is ahead of the five-year average of 37 per cent.
Producers are finishing their spring cereals this week and are turning their focuses onto their oilseeds. The region has 100 per cent of durum, 91 per cent of barley 77 per cent of spring wheat and 67 per cent of oats harvested for the year. Canola is 26 per cent harvested, while minimal progress has been made on flax. Fifty per cent of the region’s chickpeas are off for the year.
Producers are seeing their lentils being graded at 2 CAN. Their peas are mainly 2 CAN at 70 per cent or 3 CAN at 16 per cent. Some untimely rains made harvesting wheat at the best stage difficult and resulted in some sprouted grain, causing most durum to be rated at Other.
Minimal rain fell in the northeast this week, with Humboldt receiving the most at seven mm. Topsoil moisture is adequate in the region. Seventy-eight per cent of cropland has adequate moisture and 22 per cent is short. Similarly, 66 per cent of hay and pastureland has adequate moisture and 34 per cent is short.
Crop damage this past week is due to light frosts and wildlife damage. Producers are busy combining and applying post-harvest herbicides. Producers are also moving cattle and preparing for winter.