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Harvest progresses slowly through bouts of warm weather

Small showers have hindered harvest operations in the Northwest region, including Lloydminster, although progress is being made as weather permits  The Saskatchewan Agriculture says producers are in need of several warm, dry weeks in order for crops to mature and dry-down.

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s latest crop report said 23 per cent of the crop is in the bin in the northwest region, up from 10 per cent last week but still well below the five year average of 40 for this time of year. An additional 57 per cent of crops are ready to straight-cut.

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 25 mm between September 17th to 23rd.

Cropland topsoil and pasture topsoil moisture is rated over 80 per cent adequate. Pasture conditions are rated as 51 per cent good, 32 per cent fair, 11 per cent poor and six per cent very poor.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to strong winds and hail. Producers are busy drying grain, hauling bales and combining as weather and field conditions permit.

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Provincially, most producers have returned to the field through a stretch of warm and dry weather periods. Thirty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 23 per cent last week but still behind the five year average of 62.

 

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