Growers made a bit of harvest progress last week.
Saskatchewan Agriculture reports 68% of the crop is now in the bin, up from 62% last week, and ahead of the five year average of 64% for this time of year. In our east central region 58% of crops have been combined. That is up from 55% last week.
Saskatchewan Agriculture crop extension specialist Daphne Cruise says rain was recorded throughout most of the province last week, and up to 15 centimetres of snow was reported in some central regions of the province.
“When we get that heavy, wet snow, there is more of a potential for the crop to lodge — any crop that’s standing for it to lay down with that heavy wet snow — it can happen with rain,” Friesen explained. “That’s the main issue it causes as well as it does have a lot of moisture in it so it’s going to increase the dry down time for that crop.”
Cruise says if nothing else, the rain and snow have improved topsoil moisture conditions across the province.