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Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 9AW – Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas;
Crop District 9B – Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas

For the Period October 9 to 15, 2018

Snow and rain over the past few weeks have delayed harvest in much of the region. Forty-five per cent of the crop is now combined, up just one per cent from last week and well behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 91 per cent for this time of year. Almost all of the crops are coming off tough or damp and are being placed in dryers. With the weather forecasted to be warm and dry this week, most producers are expecting to be back in the field soon. A good stretch of warm, dry and windy weather would be appreciated so that the rest of the crop can come off.

Precipitation in the region last week ranged from trace amounts to 12 mm in the Neilburg area. The Speers area received 5 mm of precipitation, the Spiritwood area 1 mm, the Mayfair area 8 mm, the Turtleford and Pierceland areas 2 mm, the Frenchman Butte area 6 mm and the Barthel area 4 mm. The Frenchman Butte area has received the most precipitation (488 mm) in the region and the province since April 1. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.

Rain and snow have caused the crop damage and downgrading is expected at the elevator due to sprouting and bleaching. There continue to be reports of geese and wildlife feeding on swathed crops. Strong winds have shelled standing canola crops.   

Producers are busy combining, drying grain, hauling bales and hoping that the warm and dry weather sticks around for a few weeks.