Farmers are making good headway with harvest operations in Saskatchewan.
According to this week’s crop report, 5-per-cent of the crop is now combined and 9-per-cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.
The 5-year average for this time of year is 3-per-cent combined and 3-per-cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwest with 10% of this year’s crops combined, our east central region is at 2% complete.
Saskatchewan Agriculture crops specialist Shannon Friesen says crop yield and quality have suffered because of high temperatures and dry conditions.
“With the high temperatures we may actually see some shrunken kernels as well as some wrinkling. For some of those crops that may have been still standing, and very ripe, those extreme conditions may cause some shelling out as well.” Friesen added.
Some areas of the province had 35 to 40 degree days last week, but Friesen says the smoke from wildfires in B.C. has helped to protect crops by blocking some of the sun’s rays recently.
“Hopefully…some of those areas will benefit from that.”