Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
For the Period October 30 to November 5, 2018
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas
Thanks to the warm and dry conditions in late October, harvest is virtually complete in the northeastern region, although there are still a few fields of canola and oats to be harvested if weather permits this fall.
Although yields overall are average to above-average, the lack of summer rain in some areas and the delayed harvest reduced yields. Any crop that was taken off prior to the September snow and rain is in good condition. However, as harvest was delayed by the September moisture, there has been much downgrading from weather-related factors such as sprouting and bleaching. Some later-seeded crops, such as canola, did not reach full maturity and some producers expect downgrading due to frost and high green count. Aeration bins and dryers have been in continuous use on many farms for well over a month.
Despite some saturated fields, topsoil moisture conditions in the region are good heading into winter. However, the subsoil moisture is in short supply and fields will need additional moisture prior to seeding time. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 20 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.
Average hay yields on dry land are reported (in tons per acre) as: alfalfa 1.6; alfalfa/brome 1.5; other tame hay 1.2; wild hay 1.3; and greenfeed 2.7. At this time, the majority of livestock producers have indicated that they will have adequate amounts of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into winter.
The number of acres seeded to fall cereals this year is about average, although some fields were seeded much later than normal due to field conditions. When time and weather permit, farmers are drying grain, hauling bales and grain, working fields and putting down anhydrous ammonia.