sask. above the five-year average with 90 percent of the harvest in the bin

“The wind continues to affect unharvested crops by blowing windrows, destroying crops and causing housing,” said a harvest report released by the county on Thursday.

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After a week of “excellent” weather, Saskatchewan is “far ahead” of the five-year average with 90 percent of the harvest now in the bin, according to a report released by the province on Thursday.

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This is an increase of 81 percent last week. The five-year average for this time of year is 82 percent.

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“Some growers are dealing with heavy fog and dew in the morning, which has delayed their harvesting activities until the afternoon, resulting in short days and less progress,” the report said. “The high humidity in many parts of the Southeast, East and Northeast makes it difficult to combine and has also resulted in grains breaking out at higher levels of moisture than normal. Producers need to dry the grain to preserve it properly. ”

The harvest in the southwestern and west-central regions is nearing completion, with mostly flax yet to be harvested. That will likely happen after the next “heavy cutthroat” frost, the report said. The Northwest has lost 94 percent of its crop, the Northeast is at 87 percent, the Southeast at 86 percent and the Eastern Central region at 81 percent.

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The harvest of lentils and field peas has ended. Ninety-eight percent of durum, 97 percent of chickpeas, 93 percent of spring wheat, 90 percent of barley, 82 percent of canola and 66 percent of flax are combined across the province.

“Again, there was very little rain in the past week, and for most regions only traces were recorded. Some parts of the southwest received two to three mm, but it did very little to improve soil moisture,” the report continued. “All parts of the province report that they are either extremely dry or are getting drier every week. This also applies to the southeast and east-central regions, which started the season with an abundance of moisture.”

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According to the report, the moisture in the topsoil of cropland is rated as 28 percent adequate, 41 percent short and 31 percent very short, and the moisture content of the topsoil of hay and pasture is rated as 22 percent adequate, 41 percent short and 37 percent . very short.

This week, most of the crop damage was caused by wind, waterfowl and wildlife.

“Wind continues to affect unharvested crops by blowing windrows, shelling crops and causing shelter,” the report concluded.

This will be the last harvest report until a final report is released on October 20.

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