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Weekend rain causes harvesting delays: Sask. Crop Report

Lloydminster farmers continue to make good progress in harvesting despite some delays caused by rain on the weekend.

About 28 per cent of total crops in the Lloydminster-Pierceland-Turtleford district is combined, up from 13 the previous week. In the North Battleford-Shellbrook district, 54 per cent of fields are combined.

A total of 43 per cent of crop in the northwest region of Saskatchewan is combined which is ahead of the five-year average of 33 per cent. Another 42 per cent of crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Around 92 per cent of field peas, 64 per cent of barley, 60 per cent of flax, 42 per cent of spring wheat, 38 per cent of oats and 28 per cent of canola is combined in the northwest region.

The Saskatchewan Crop Report notes crop is coming off tough and is being placed in aeration bins and grain dryers.

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Provincially, 77 per cent of crop are in the bin which is ahead of the five-year average of 59 per cent for this time of year.

The North Battleford district received over half an inch of rain with the highest amount of 42 mm falling in the Mayfair region. Areas surrounding Lloydminster received around 1 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture in the northwest region is rated as 65 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and nine per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 62 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and seven per cent very short.

Crop damage for the past week came from wind, frost, wildfowl, wildlife and lodging due to heavy rain. Farmers have also reported green and damaged seed in crops affected by frost.

Farmers will continue combining, swathing, grain drying and moving bales.

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