By: Shannon Friesen, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
The Saskatchewan Crop Report has been an integral part of the agriculture sector for more than 40 years. From seeding to harvest, volunteers across the province report on a number of topics related to weather and production. This information is used to produce the weekly Crop Report, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s most sought-after publication.
The Crop Reporting Service relies on more than 200 volunteers to help industry and the general public better understand the challenges facing farmers throughout the growing season. Volunteer crop reporters are crucial as they are the eyes and ears of what is happening in the field. They provide information on weekly rainfall, topsoil moisture conditions, seeding progress, crop development and staging, crop damage, harvest progress and crop yields. The volunteers also track haying progress and yields, the state of livestock feed supplies and pasture conditions, as well as weather-related damage and conditions. This information is used both locally and worldwide by producers, agrologists, policy-makers, media, investors and many others involved in the agriculture industry.
Each week starting in April, crop reporters submit survey answers to the Agriculture Knowledge Center (AKC) in Moose Jaw. Staff at the AKC compile the information and release the report on Thursday mornings; this report is then shared by media across the province and country. The media is an important part of the crop report as they help get the word out about any challenges or triumphs that Saskatchewan producers may be dealing with.
Crop reporters can be producers, agrologists or anyone locally involved or interested in agriculture. Most of the volunteers have been reporting for several decades, with many reporting for 35 years or more. The Ministry is very fortunate to work with such a passionate and dedicated group of people.
There are many RMs in need of a crop reporter and volunteers are always welcome to join the Crop Reporting Service, even if their RM currently has a volunteer. The more data collected, the better the report will be.
For more information or to join the Crop Reporting Service, please contact the Agriculture Knowledge Center in Moose Jaw at 1-866-457-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and previous reports are available anytime online on our Crop Report web page.