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West-Central Saskatchewan

Crop Districts 6B – Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas;
Crop District 7A – Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major;
Crop District 7B - Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas

For the Period October 9 to 15, 2018

Another week of cool and damp weather has further delayed harvest progress for most producers in the region. Despite this, 74 per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 70 per cent last week but remaining well behind the five-year (2013-2017) average of 90 per cent for this time of year. Any grain that has come off recently is tough or damp and is being placed into dryers when available. With warm and dry weather in the forecast, many producers expect to return to the field in the coming days.

A combination of rain and snow was reported across the region, ranging from small amounts to 24 mm in the Marengo area. The Dinsmore and Perdue areas received 13 mm of precipitation, the Hanley area 9 mm, the Tugaske area 11 mm, the Outlook area 14 mm, the Netherhill area 15 mm, the Biggar area 21 mm, the Rosetown and Phippen areas 7 mm and the Sonningdale area 8 mm. The Perdue area has received the most precipitation (396 mm) in the region since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions have greatly improved thanks to the recent moisture. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 71 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and six per cent very short.

Rain and snow continue to cause the most crop damage; crops have lodged and downgrading is expected due to sprouting and bleaching. There have been a few reports of geese and wildlife feeding on swathed crops. Strong winds have shelled out standing crops.