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Sask. harvest well short of five-year average, strong winds, dryness damage crops

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending August 19

Producers in the province now have two per cent of the 2019 crop combined, up from less than one per cent last week, but behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of nine per cent. Five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut, which is behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 12 per cent.

Thirty-nine per cent of the fall rye, 23 per cent of the winter wheat, 10 per cent of the field peas, five per cent of the lentils and two per cent of the barley is now stored in bins. An additional two per cent of canola has been swathed.

Harvest progress is most advanced in the southern regions, where three per cent of the crop is now combined. Producers in the central and northern regions have less than one per cent of the crop stored in bins and expect to be harvesting in the coming weeks as crops mature.

Scattered rainfall covered parts of the province this week. Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 27 mm in the Shaunavon area. Provincially, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as one per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and three per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and six per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds and a lack of moisture. Some areas of the province reported frost and, although it was reported to be a light frost, some crop damage may have occurred.

Producers are busy hauling bales, getting ready for harvest, swathing, desiccating and combining crops.

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