Local producers across the Northwest region, including Lloydminster, expect harvest to begin in the coming weeks, according to Saskatchewan’s weekly crop report.

Producers have reported that some crops are a couple of weeks behind in development, which may pose a problem depending on the weather during harvest time.

Crops have had assistance filling and topsoil moisture remains adequate as rainfall touched down in the majority of the region this past week. The Turtleford area has collected the most precipitation in the region since April 1, accumulating 354 millimetres.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Pasture conditions in the region reflect adequate topsoil moisture. Pastures are rated as 16 per cent excellent, 40 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, five per cent poor.

Crop damage this week has been the result from hail, strong winds and insects. Producers are busy hauling grain and bales, haying and repairing equipment for harvest