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Farmers preparing to harvest: Sask. Crop Report

A mixture of rain and warm temperatures are keeping crops around the Lloydminster area in good condition.

Producers have one per cent of crop combined and two per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut across Saskatchewan. The five-year average for this time of year is two per cent combined and three per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The northern and central regions have less than one per cent combined, but many are expecting to start in the coming weeks.

Fifty-two per cent of fall rye, 19 per cent of winter wheat, six per cent of field peas and three per cent of lentils are in the bin.

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Many producers are reporting hay yields are below average this year. Estimated average dryland hay
yields in the northwest region are two tonnes per acre for alfalfa, 1.4 tonnes per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass, 1.2 for other tame hay, one tonne per acre for wild hay and 1.8 for greenfeed.

Most of the northwest region had some rainfall with fields around Lloydminster receiving around 20 mm. The Mayfair area received the highest amount of rain, during the week of August 4 to 10, with 23 mm.

Moisture conditions remain stable with cropland topsoil moisture rated as five per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 19 per cent short.

Some farmers have reported heat damage to canola crops, aside from that most of the damage came from wind, localized hail, bertha armyworms and grasshoppers.

Farmers will be haying and baling, hauling grain and getting bins and equipment ready for harvest.

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