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Local farms need weeks of warm weather for harvest progression: Sask. Agriculture

Local farmers continue to make harvest progress despite unfavourable weather conditions, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture. The region is in need of dry and windy weather to continue with harvest progress and get the rest of the crop off.

As of October 7th, 42 per cent of crops is in the bin for the Northwest region. Due to the cool, wet weather, producers are far behind the five-year average of 73 per cent for this time of year. 43 per cent of crops is swathed and ready to be thrown in the bin.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 32 per cent adequate and 60 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short.

Frost has been the main cause of crop damage this week. Few producers have downgraded due to excessive moisture and sprouting.

Provincially, producers continue progress despite damp weather. 55 per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 47 per cent last week. The five-year average is 82 per cent combined for this time of year.

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