Combines heading into Sask. winter cereals

Winter cereal growers in Saskatchewan were just beginning to take crops off their fields last week, according to the provincial ag ministry.

In its weekly crop report, the Saskatchewan ag ministry sees less than one per cent of the province’s total crop harvested as of Monday (Aug. 9). Southern regions are farthest advanced, with just over one per cent harvested.

The five-year (2005-09) average for Saskatchewan’s cropland acres for this time of year is five per cent harvested, the province said.

Saskatchewan crops combined so far include three per cent of winter wheat acres, two per cent of fall rye and one per cent of peas.

Haying also continues, the province said, although rain, high humidity and heavy dew “continue to slow progress.”

Rain and hail storms moved through some areas of the province last week, the ministry noted, with the majority of crop damage during the week ended Aug. 9 due to hail, disease and insects.

Topsoil moisture on Saskatchewan’s cropland is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short, the ministry said, while rating topsoil moisture on hayland and pasture as eight per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and one per cent very short.

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