Saskatchewan farmers have harvested 60 per cent of the overall 2011 crop as of Sept. 12, moving ahead of the five-year average after a week of favorable weather, the provincial government said on Thursday in a weekly report.
* Harvest progress most advanced for this time of year in four years.
* Five-year average for this time is 47 per cent combined.
* 27 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
* Harvest progress by region varies, with 71 per cent combined in the southwest and southeast; 57 per cent done in the west-central; 56 per cent combined in east-central; 47 per cent harvested in northeast; and only 39 per cent done in the northwest.
* 92 per cent of the lentils have been combined, along with 94 per cent of the field peas; 56 per cent of the durum; 53 per cent of the spring wheat and canola; and 6 per cent of flax.
* Freezing temperatures on Sept. 13 affected late-seeded crops.
* High winds recently rolled swaths in some areas.
* Crop yields generally average to above average except areas in the south and southeast that had excessive spring moisture.
* Quality good on crop that has been combined.
* Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 2 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and 3 per cent very short.
* Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and two per cent very short.