Warm and dry weather helped many Lloydminster farmers in harvest operations this week.
Three per cent of crops in the Lloydminster-Meadow Lake-Turtleford district have been combined while in the North Battleford-Shellbrook-Hafford district, 11 per cent of crops have been combined.
Overall, seven per cent of crop in the northwest region of Saskatchewan has been combined. It is behind the five-year average of 14 per cent for this time of year. Another 42 per cent of total crop in the region is swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Provincially, 43 per cent of crop are now in the bin which is ahead of the five-year average of 35 per cent for this time of year.
Yields are reported to be average, but some fields may yield less this year due to flooding during the summer.
Forty-eight per cent of lentils, 45 per cent of field peas, 16 per cent of barley, five per cent of oats, three per cent of spring wheat and two per cent of canola in the northwest region have been combined.
One hundred per cent of soybeans are standing and 23 per cent of flax are ready to straight-cut.
Rainfall in the area was minimal with the most precipitation was six millimetres falling in the Hafford, North Battleford, Barthel and Meadow Lake areas.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and 25 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and seven per cent very short.
Most crop damage came from strong winds that have blown swaths around and shelled out standing crops. Frost damage was reported in some areas and farmers are assessing the impact on immature crops.
Farmers will be combining, swathing and moving cattle and bales.