Saskatchewan Yield Potentials Vary Depending on Moisture


Farmscape for July 27, 2018

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Saskatchewan Agriculture reports the condition of crops varies across the province depending primarily on soil moistures conditions. Saskatchewan Agriculture released its weekly crop report yesterday. Shannon Friesen, a Crops Extension Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, reports farmers have started desiccating crops for harvest, which is a little ahead of typical but behind last year when farmers had already started combining.

Clip-Shannon Friesen-Saskatchewan Agriculture:
Overall crops are ripening very very quickly.
We’ve had several weeks of very hot temperatures and certainly a lack of rain in many areas as well so many pulse crops, especially in the south part of the province, are turning very quickly and desiccation operations are now underway. Winter cereals as well as even some of the spring cereals are also ripening quite quickly for us and there are indications that combining will be underway over the next couple of weeks. The majority of crops do remain in fair to excellent condition all depending on what type of moisture you have received over the last couple of weeks.
In many areas that have not received rainfall a lot of those crops are in worse shape than other areas that have received a lot of moisture. Most of those drier areas are coming from the south part of the province, in particular that southwest area as well as parts of the west central. But we’ve also heard of areas scattered throughout the province where we do have some drier pockets and just a couple of miles away they’re dealing with some localized flooding issues. Things have been progressing quite well for us and we’re hoping to get harvesting fairly soon.

Friesen says in some areas yield potential has fallen below normal while yields in other areas look to be about average to above average. She says in the drier areas in the south that haven’t seen much rain, a lot of the earlier seeded crops are ripening quickly and yield potentials have fallen severely but moving north yield potentials are a lot higher.

For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.

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