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Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 3ASW – Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN – Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas;
Crop District 3B – Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas;
Crop District 4 – Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas 

For the Period October 9 to 15, 2018

Despite a drier week, harvest progress stalled in the region, although many producers are returning to the field, or expect to return in the coming days. Forecasted warm and dry weather will allow harvest to resume in much of the region. Harvest remains at 90 per cent complete, behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 95 per cent for this time of year. Any grain that has come off recently is tough or damp and is being placed in dryers. 

Very little precipitation was reported last week, although the Old Wives area received 10 mm. The Briercrest area reported 4 mm, the Eyebrow area 5 mm, the Vanguard and Shaunavon areas 2 mm and the Kyle area 8 mm. The Old Wives area has recorded the most rainfall (288 mm) in the area since April 1.   

Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly worsened with the drier weather, but overall they remain greatly improved since summer. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 50 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 46 per cent adequate, 39 percent short and 15 per cent very short.

Crop damage is primarily due to lodging from snow and rain; downgrading is expected at the elevator due to bleaching and sprouting. Geese and other wildlife have been feeding on swathed crops.  

Producers are busy combining, drying grain, shipping cattle, baling straw and hauling bales.

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