September 13-19, 2022

Many growers have been hit by cool, wet weather over the past week, halting or delaying harvest operations until conditions improve. Other growers who have been able to continue have finished or are nearing the end of their harvest. State harvest progress is 73%, up from 64% last week and above the five-year (2017-2021) average of 68%. A further 18% of the crop is ready for swath or straight cuts.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 96% of the harvest is now combined. The West Central region combined 89 percent and the Southeast 65 percent. The Northwest combined is 63 percent, the Northeast 58 percent, and the East Central 52 percent.

97 percent of lentils and peas, 94 percent of durum wheat, 78 percent of barley, 77 percent of spring wheat, 52 percent of canola and 35 percent of flax now combined. An additional 36% of the canola is ready for swash or straight cut.

Precipitation was generally welcomed after several weeks of dry weather. Concerns about fires in fields and equipment have abated and rains are expected to be sufficient in some areas to allow pastures to re-grow a little. The area was damaged by 30 mm, the Lipton area by 13 mm, the Rosetown area by 9 mm, and the Vanguard area by 4 mm.

Topsoil moisture in the state’s croplands is rated as 1% excessive, 37% adequate, 40% deficient, and 21% very deficient. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 1% excess, 28% adequate, 42% deficient, and 29% very deficient. These conditions are declining across the state due to high winds and lack of rain.

Pasture conditions are rated as 4% excellent, 23% good, 31% fair, 25% poor and 17% very poor. Conditions vary across the state, but the southeastern, east-central and northeastern areas are in good to best conditions, with rain in the spring and summer helping to maintain pastures.

Wind, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of water accounted for most of the crop damage this week. There have been some reports of severe frosts across the state, but growers say crops are so advanced that damage is minimal. Recent rains can cause some downgrading to standing or swath crops due to bleaching.

Growers are busy with post-harvest field activities such as closing the harvest, hauling bales, moving livestock, fetching water, and applying herbicides.


September 13-19, 2022

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