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Harvest in Lloydminster and area making progress

Despite rainfall in the past week, five per cent of the crop in is the bin for Northwestern Saskatchewan, which includes Lloydminster, Maidstone, Turtleford, and North Battleford areas since harvest began. This is up from the average of three per cent for this time of year and up from last week’s one per cent.

Saskatchewan Agriculture reported Thursday an additional 26 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Across the province 27 per cent of the crop is in the bin with 96 per cent being fall rye, 79 per cent of peas, 78 per cent of winter wheat, 74 per cent of lentils and seven per cent of canola.

Rainfall across the province was found, including 16 mm in the North Battleford area. Frenchman Butte received the most rain in the area since last April, however, pastures are still in need rain to help them recover from the recent dry weather.

Topsoil moisture is rated as 70 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and nine per cent very short in the region. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture are setting at 63 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

The province says crop damage is due to wind and lack of moisture in the past week.

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