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Saskatchewan Harvest Slowly Advances

Cliff Jamieson
By  Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst
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The percentage of Saskatchewan acres either harvested, swathed or ready to straight combine (blue bars), is well ahead of the five-year average. Warm and dry weather will advance this harvest rapidly. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)

Rainfall accumulations were scattered across Saskatchewan during the past week ending Aug. 30, most concentrated in central regions of the province and the northeast. The weekly precipitation maps shows the highest accumulations in the Assiniboia/Moose Jaw and Humboldt areas, with the highest accumulation reported at 77 millimeters or 3 inches.

Harvest progressed during the week, with 36% of the crop harvested, up 7 percentage points during the past week, which compares to the five-year average of 22% harvested as of this week. The province estimates an additional 30% of the crop has been swathed or is ready to straight combine, which compares to the five-year average of 23.2%.

Progress varied by region during the past week, with the East-Central Region harvesting just 3% of the acres last week, which compares to the Southeast Region where 12% of the acres were taken off, the most progress seen across the six regions.

An estimated 36% of the spring wheat (12.6%), 40% of the durum (23.2%), 47% of the barley (22.6%), 37% of the oats (9.6%), 11% of the canola (7.2%), 34% of the soybeans (6.4%), 84% of the peas (66.2%) and 85% of the lentils (61.8%) have been harvested, with the five-year average in brackets.

While all regions are ahead of their average pace of harvest, the pace of activity in the northern regions is supporting the potential for a quick end to harvest. The Southwest Region is 9 percentage points ahead of the region's average pace at 38% complete and the Southeast Region is 8 points ahead of average at 34% complete. As of this week, the Northwest Region is 27 points ahead of average at 34% complete and the Northeast Region is 16 points ahead of average at 21% complete.

As if this crop hasn't been challenged enough this season, further damage from drought conditions, heavy rains, high humidity, high winds, hail, lodging, shelling, bleaching, staining, sprouting and grasshoppers is reported by the government during the past week.

Precipitation during August is seen improving the dry soil conditions. As of Aug. 2, the province's topsoil moisture was rated at 3% adequate and 97% poor to very poor. Cropland topsoil moisture has shown improvement in three of the past four weeks, reported at 1% surplus, 40% adequate and 59% poor to very poor as of Aug. 30.

Cliff Jamieson can be reached at cliff.jamieson@dtn.com

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