ASSINIBOIA - Harvest is almost wrapped in the region after another week of great weather. Ninety-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 83 per cent last week and well ahead the five-year average of 76 per cent. An additional four per cent is ready to be swathed or straight-cut.
Rainfall in the region ranged from none to trace amounts this past week. Producers would appreciate a long, gentle, soaking rain that lasts multiple days now that harvest is largely finished. Soils are too dry in many parts of the region to allow for seeding of winter cereals. Moisture is desperately needed to ensure adequate moisture next spring. Livestock producers are increasingly nervous about their feed stocks, grazing capacity and water availability. Some have already started to reduce their herd sizes to stay within their available resources.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 63 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 65 per cent very short.
Durum grades in the region are currently being estimated as 49 per cent 1 CW, 30 per cent 2 CW, 17 per cent 3 CW and four per cent 4 and 5 CW. Pea grades are estimated as 45 per cent 1 CAN, 28 per cent 2 CAN, 25 per cent 3 CAN and two per cent Sample. Lentil grades are estimated to be 21 per cent 1 CAN, 71 per cent 2 CAN and eight per cent 3 CAN.
The majority of crop damage past week was due to drought, wind and grasshoppers. There were minor reports of frost damage in the region, but the majority of crops in the region would not have been affected due to being too mature or already harvested.
Producers are busy combining, baling straw, hauling bales, moving cattle, cleaning equipment and prepping for fall field activities.