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Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas

For the Period September 28 to October 4, 2021

Harvest is wrapped up for most producers in the region; some producers have been challenged with regrowth in canola but they have been working hard to finish the last of their fields. Those who have finished have already completed some of their fall activities such as harrowing and fall weed control. It was reported that dry conditions this fall limited some producers from applying anhydrous ammonia and some herbicides.

Crop yields varied throughout the region, with yields being below average overall for most crops. There were losses reported in different areas caused by hail storms, lack of moisture and heat stress. Most crops in the region are falling within the top two grades due to limited fall moisture during harvest and limited disease issues. While the earlier harvested crops need to by dried for many producers, the later harvested crops were coming off drier.

Typically, the region begins its growing season with adequate and in some cases too much moisture; this was not the case for this year a lack of rain, minimal winter snowfall and strong winds resulted in dry field conditions in the spring. Conditions did not improve very much through the season with well below normal rainfall and extreme heat and drying winds causing the soil moisture to constantly decline. Producers are hoping for either fall rain or a high snow melt in the spring to improve moisture conditions for next spring. Heading into winter, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent adequate, 61 per cent short and 25 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent adequate, 63 per cent short and 27 per cent very short.

Average hay yields on dry land are reported (in tons per acre) as: alfalfa 1.62; alfalfa/brome 1.47; other tame hay 0.66; wild hay 0.75; and greenfeed 1.80. At this time, most livestock producers have indicated that they will have adequate hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into winter, with many producers noting a potential surplus and yet some a potential shortage this winter depending on growing conditions over the summer. A large portion of the barley grown in the region was cut and baled for greenfeed.

The number of acres seeded to winter cereals is well below average for the region with some areas seeing a 20 to 30 per cent decrease due to the dire topsoil moisture conditions in much of the region.

Producers are busy harrowing, working fields, hauling grain, applying fertilizer, controlling weeds and cleaning up fields.