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East-Central Saskatchewan

Crop District 5 – Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas;
Crop District 6A – Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas

For the Period October 9 to 15, 2018

Producers are slowly progressing with harvest as time and weather permit. Much of the region was cool and wet last week, but many producers expect to be back in the field in the coming days thanks to some warm and dry weather in the forecast. Sixty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 63 per cent last week, but well behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 88 per cent for this time of year. Any grain that has come off recently is tough or damp and is being placed in dryers.

Many areas reported a combination of rain and snow last week, with the Jedburgh area receiving 20 mm. The Rocanville and Kelliher areas received 8 mm of precipitation, the Hubbard area 7 mm, the Lipton area 15 mm, the Elfros area 6 mm, the Bethune and Bulyea areas 10 mm, the Kuroki area 1 mm and the Allan area 7 mm. The Langenburg area has received the most precipitation (461 mm) in the region since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions remain relatively unchanged since last week despite the moisture. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 56 per cent adequate, 33 percent short and 11 per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lodging from snow and rain; downgrading is expected at the elevator due to bleaching and sprouting. As well, strong winds have shelled standing crops, and geese and other wildlife are feeding on swathed crops.

Producers are busy combining, hauling bales, putting down fertilizer and drying grain.   

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