Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Crop Report

For the Period September 7 to 13, 2021

Saskatchewan Harvest
September 13, 2021
Per cent combined
Winter wheat 100
Fall rye* 100
Spring wheat 83
Durum 89
Oats* 78
Barley** 88
Canaryseed 57
Flax 25
Canola 54
Mustard 86
Soybeans 60
Lentils 99
Peas 98
Chickpeas 75

*includes 10 per cent 'other'
**includes six per cent 'other

Harvest Progress
Per cent Combined
All Crops
5-year avg.
(2016-2020)
50
Sept14/20 62
Sept 16/19 23
Sept 10, 18 58
Sept 11/17 67
Sept 12/16 38
10-year avg.
(2011-2020)
49

Producers continued to make quick progress in their harvest operations this week. Seventy-four per cent of the crop has been combined, up from 56 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2016-2020) average of 50 per cent for this time of year. An additional 17 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Warm and dry weather is desired to continue drying down crops and allow harvest to continue without delay.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 85 per cent of the crop is in the bin. The southeast has 81 per cent combined, the west-central 79 per cent, the east-central 63 per cent, the northeast 69 per cent and the northwest 57 per cent.

Ninety-nine per cent of the lentils, 98 per cent of the field peas, 86 per cent of the mustard, 82 per cent of the barley, 89 per cent of the durum, 83 per cent of the spring wheat, 54 per cent of the canola and 25 per cent of the flax has now been combined. An additional 34 per cent of the canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Durum grades are being estimated as 27 per cent 1 CW, 34 per cent 2 CW, 28 per cent 3 CW and eleven per cent 4 and 5 CW. Pea grades are estimated as 25 per cent 1 CAN, 62 per cent 2 CAN, 12 per cent 3 CAN and one per cent Sample grade. Lentil grades are estimated to be 20 per cent 1 CAN, 62 per cent 2 CAN, 15 per cent 3 CAN and three per cent Sample grade.

Most of the province received very little to no rainfall this week. The Shaunavon and Gull Lake areas received the highest amount of rain with 15 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions in the province continue to deteriorate due to strong winds and minimal rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 26 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 35 per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to hail, wind and dry conditions. Frost was recorded in one RM in the northwest region; damage will vary depending on the temperature and duration of the frost as well as the stage of the crop. At this point in the season, the damage will likely be minimal as most crops are matured enough to withstand a minimal frost. Wind has continued to blow swaths and shell out crops. There were also reports of damage caused by wildlife and waterfowl.

Producers are busy combining, swathing, hauling bales and moving cattle. Post-harvest activities are well underway where harvest has finished up and producers hope the weather holds out so that fall herbicide and fertilizer applications can be carried out without issue.

With harvest underway in Saskatchewan, we want to remind producers to exercise caution and remain safe.

As of Sept. 1, the AgriRecovery program, now referred to as the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative, is accepting producer applications. The initiative will consist of two payments totaling up to $200/head for cattle, with adjustments based on animal unit equivalents for other livestock. The initial payment will provide producers with $100 per breeding female equivalent in inventory as of Aug. 1, 2021. Secondary payments of up to $100 per breeding female in inventory as of Dec. 31, 2021, will be made to producers who have incurred additional costs to retain the animals.  Producers with questions can call the initiative's dedicated toll-free number at 1-844-723-1211 or directly by email.

We would like to also remind producers that the Farm Stress Line is available for support if you need it.  It is a confidential service, available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, toll-free at 1-800-667-4442.  Calls are answered by Mobile Crisis Services Regina, a non-profit, community-based agency and there is no call display.

Harvest by Crop District September 13, 2021
Crop District Per cent
combined
Crop District Per cent
combined
Crop District Per cent
combined
1A 88 4A 91 7A 78
1B 77 4B 88 7B 80
2A 85 5A 55 8A 72
2B 74 5B 51 8B 67
3ASE 91 6A 81 9AE 66
3ASW 78 6B 78 9AW 54
3AN 87      9B 60
3BS 86        
3BN 82        

 

Maps and Tables

Farmzone.com – Short-term and long-term weather forecasts including P.O.P and precip accumulation; almanac data including sunrise/sunset times; and daily planning forecasts including drying index, growing degree days and crop heat units.