Harvest in Saskatchewan is just getting underway.
Some crops in the south have already been combined.
“At the moment we do have less than one per cent of the provincial crop off,” said Saskatchewan Agriculture Crops Specialist Shannon Friesen. “Crops have been rapidly drying down right across the province; we’ve heard from many producers in the central part, and even areas in the north, that because the crops are advancing so quickly that they do expect to be in the field much sooner than they normally would be.”
Rain overnight was a welcome site for many farmers in Saskatchewan who have been dealing with very dry conditions.
Friesen they got a bit of rain in Moose Jaw, where she is based out of, this morning.
“We got anywhere from a couple-tenths to about half an inch in the city. Of course areas more north of us, and more east, we heard anywhere from little to two or three inches.”
Friesen adds the rain isn’t too late for some crops.
“For many producers, who have crops that are ripening very quickly, some of those perhaps earlier seeded crops, the rain will be of very little benefit to us,” she said. “For some of those later seeded crops it should benefit us, it’s not only helping replenish some of that top soil but also to help the heads and the pods fill.”
Friesen says the rain may also help out with pasture conditions.