Saskatchewan Harvest Falls Continues Further Behind Average

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Farmscape for October 19, 2018

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Saskatchewan Agriculture reports 82 percent of this year’s crop is now in the bin, up four percent from last week and falling further behind the five year average. Saskatchewan Agriculture released its weekly crop report yesterday.
Crops Extension Specialist Brent Flaten says there was limited progress, except in the northeast where they jumped from 64 percent complete to 79 percent complete.

Clip-Brent Flaten-Saskatchewan Agriculture:
Generally the crop quality has gone down in most areas, especially the cereals and any pulses that would have been left out. Bleaching, sprouting has occurred, geese and other wildlife are feeding on some of the crops and, for example, with standing canola that was left standing for straight combining, some of that has shelled out in the wild winds that we’ve gotten as well as the wet snows and also some lodging of crops. So kind of a real hodge podge of quality issues with the crop that’s left out. Generally soybeans would be one crop that there’s a fair bit left out.
Certainly flax has been left out. A lot of people will leave it till last to harvest. Canola there’s a fair bit, there only 67 percent of the canola harvested. Those would be the big ones. There’s also quite a bit of wheat, barley and oats left out, primarily in the northern grainbelt.
But, fingers crossed. The forecast is looking good so hopefully we’ll see a nice big bump in some of those crops and areas in next week’s crop report.

Flaten notes the forecast for the next two weeks looks good and hopefully that stands true.

For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.

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