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Local farmers combined 24 per cent of crop last week

Farms around Lloydminster had a busy week due to warm and dry weather. 

The Saskatchewan Crop Report says producers combined just about a quarter of their crops for a second week in a row and are currently sitting at 89 per cent combined. Last week, at this time combined crop was sitting at 65 per cent. This is below the five year average of 91 per cent. 

The northeastern region still requires a few days of dry and warm weather for the rest of the crop off. Eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Little to no rainfall was reports over the week. Turtleford and Lloydminster areas saw three millimeters. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated at seven per cent surplus and is 68 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at one per cent surplus and 71 per cent adequate.

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The report says much of the crop damage last week was due to strong winds. Grain that is tough or damp is being placed into grain dryers and aeration bins. Producers are moving cattle, drying grain, hauling bales and combining as weather cooperates.  

In Saskatchewan, producers have 83 per cent of the crops in the bin, up from 69 per cent last week. This is still behind the five year average of 93 per cent for the time of year. 

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