The Saskatchewan government has estimated the province's overall harvest at 23% complete, as of Sept. 16, up from 18% a week ago with heavy rains over the past week in the south-central areas of the province delaying progress. This is down from the 62% complete this week last year and the five-year average of 50% complete, while is equal to the overall pace reported for the same week of September 2014.
An estimated 13% of the spring wheat is estimated as harvested, up from 7% estimated in the previous week, while down from the five-year average of 42.6%. This would indicate an estimated 7.5 million acres yet to be harvested, based on Statistics Canada's harvested acre estimate. The government estimates that an additional 38% of the crop has been swathed or is ready to straight combine, slightly behind the 43% reported in 2014, when the pace of harvest was comparable.
An estimated 17% of the durum is off, compared to the five-year average of 53.4%, with an estimated 3.3 million acres yet to be harvested. An estimated 60% of the durum crop is expected to fall within the top two grades, but this seems premature with 83% of the crop yet to be harvested. An estimated 27% of the crop is estimated to be swathed or ready to straight combine, down from an estimate of 32% in 2014.
An estimated 17% (34.8%) of the oats and 39% of the barley (53.2%) is harvested, with the five-year average in brackets. An estimated 1.2 million acres of oats and 1.8 million acres of barley remain to be harvested.
The government estimates that 6% of the canola was harvested as of Sept. 16, well behind the 44% harvested in 2018 and the five-year average of 38.8%. This estimate would imply 10.7 million acres left to be harvested. Current estimates indicate that 56% of the crop is either swathed or ready to straight cut, below the 67% reported for the same week in 2014.
An estimated 79% of the peas (90.8%) and 75% of the lentils (81.4%) are estimated off as of Sept. 16, with the five-year average in brackets. This implies a further 484,008 acres of peas and 830,000 acres of lentils yet to go.
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