Wet and cool weather last week limited harvest progress.
Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist Shannon Friesen says 78% of this year’s crops were in the bin, up just slightly from 75% the previous week.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 92% of the crop is now combined. The southeastern region has 88% of crops combined, the west-central region 81% and the east-central region 77%, up from 72% last week.
Friesen says although the rain last week was welcomed by many producers in the drier areas of the province, those in the central and northern areas need warm and dry weather soon so that harvest can resume.
Friesen says topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve with the recent rainfall.
“Across the province topsoil moisture on crop land is now rated as 29% adequate, 36% short and 35% very short” she said. “On hayland and pasture it is 22% adequate, 34% short and 44% very short.”
Friesen says the extended period of hot and dry conditions we experienced over the summer negatively affected crop production, especially in the southern and central regions.