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Crop Report

For the Period September 13 to 19, 2022

Saskatchewan Harvest
September 19, 2022
% combined
Winter wheat* 100
Fall rye*** 100
Spring wheat 77
Durum 94
Oats** 65
Barley** 82
Canaryseed 55
Flax 35
Canola 52
Mustard 88
Soybeans 32
Lentils 97
Peas 97
Chickpeas 83

*includes two per cent 'other'

**includes five per cent 'other'

***includes 10 per cent 'other'

Many producers experienced cool, damp weather this past week which halted or slowed their harvest operations until conditions improved. Other producers that were able to continue either finished their harvest or are very close to doing so. Harvest progress for the province is at 73 per cent, up from 64 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year (2017-2021) average of 68 per cent. An additional 18 per cent of the crop is ready to be swathed or straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 96 per cent of the crop is now combined. The west-central region has 89 per cent combined and the southeast 65 per cent. The northwest region has 63 per cent combined, the northeast 58 per cent and the east-central 52 per cent.

Ninety-seven per cent of the lentils and field peas, 94 per cent of the durum, 78 per cent of the barley, 77 per cent of the spring wheat, 52 per cent of the canola and 35 per cent of the flax has now been combined. An additional 36 per cent of the canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Precipitation was generally welcomed after several weeks of dry weather. Concerns about field and equipment fires have eased and there is hope that the rain will be enough in some areas to allow pastures a little regrowth. The Pelly area received 44 mm, the Melfort and Moosomin areas 30 mm, the Lipton area 13 mm, the Rosetown area nine mm and the Vanguard area four mm.

Provincial cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 37 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 21 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 28 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 29 per cent very short. These conditions have declined across the province due to strong winds and a lack of rain.

Harvest Progress
Per cent Combined
All Crops
Sept. 20/21 89
Sept. 21/20 77
Sept. 23/19 39
Sept. 17/18 62
Sept. 18/17 75
5 year avg. (2017-2021) 68
10 year avg. (2012-2021) 62

Pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 23 per cent good, 31 per cent fair, 25 per cent poor and 17 per cent very poor. Conditions vary across the province, with the southeast, east-central and northeast regions in good to excellent condition due to rainfall in the spring and throughout the summer that helped maintain pasture grass.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of moisture. There were several reports of hard frosts in across the province but producers say damage is low due to crops being so well advanced. The recent rain will likely cause some minor downgrading to standing or swathed cereal crops due to bleaching.

Producers are busy wrapping up harvest, hauling bales, moving cattle home or to market, hauling water and engaged in post-harvest field activities such as herbicide application.

Harvest by Crop District September 19, 2022
Crop District Per cent combined Crop District Per cent combined Crop District Per cent combined
1A 72 4A 98 7A 84
1B 48 4B 93 7B 88
2A 72 5A 38 8A 60
2B 66 5B 34 8B 54
3ASE 93 6A 81 9AE 60
3ASW 93 6B 94 9AW 67
3AN 97 9B 57
3BS 97
3BN 98
Provincial Estimated Crop Yields - September 5, 2022
Winter wheat Fall rye HRSW Other wheat* Durum Oat Barley Canary
Southeast 49 51 48 60 48 87 75 1,627
Southwest 42 21 22 22 24 49 44 585
East Central 55 51 47 49 38 78 68 1640
West Central 23 37 34 33 28 55 42 1295
Northeast 45 59 52 50 54 110 82 1183
Northwest N/A N/A 52 40 N/A 101 73 N/A
Provincial 43 44 43 42 30 80 64 1266
Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
Southeast 25 39 1218 34 41 1232 1386  
Southwest 17 16 700 N/A 20 1114 1051
East Central 23 38 1462 30 44 1384 1200
West Central 18 22 628 20 31 1104 1000
Northeast 29 42 1500 30 47 1500 1500
Northwest 25 41 N/A N/A 38 1800 N/A
Provincial 23 34 1102 29 34 1174 1227
* 'Other wheat' includes all wheat classes other than Hard Red Spring Wheat
** Crop yield predictions at this point in time. Please keep in mind these are regional averages, and yields can vary greatly across an area.
*** canaryseed, mustard, lentil and chickpea in lbs/ac. All other crops in bu/ac.

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