The 2015 harvest is virtually complete heading into the final week of October, according to
information released by the Ministry of Agriculture.
About 97 per cent of the crop is now in the bins, up from 91 per cent the previous week. This is close to the five-year average of 98 per cent.
Mild and relatively dry weather allowed producers to complete harvest operations although some farmers indicated they still needed another week to complete the job due to late-seeded crops.
In this southeast region, 99 per cent of the farmers said they were done with combining and were now preparing their equipment for winter. The southwest producers were at 98 per cent, while the northwest and west-central regions were at 97 and 93 per cent respectively.
“There is still some flax, canary seed and oat crops left to be combined,” said Shannon Friesen, a crop specialist headquartered in Moose Jaw.
Very little rain was received in the past week, although some areas near Prince Albert received up to 30 mm.
Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on croplands were rated at six per cent surplus and 88 per cent adequate with just six per cent
falling into the short category.
Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions were rated as two per cent surplus, over 80 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short or very short.
The Agriculture Ministry noted this was their final seasonal crop report,
but their final report regarding the entire growing season, would be issued on Oct. 29.