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Saskatchewan Harvest Pace Slightly Ahead of Average

Cliff Jamieson
By  Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst
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A combination of crop stages and rain delays has led to varied harvest progress across Saskatchewan, with the western side of the province mostly ahead of average pace while the eastern side is estimated to be mostly at an average pace as of Aug. 14. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)

Saskatchewan Agriculture's precipitation maps for the week of Aug. 8-14 shows precipitation most concentrated across the eastern half of the province as well as the Northwest Region. The largest accumulations are seen north of the No. 1 Highway and between Regina and the Manitoba border.

A combination of crop stage and the past week's showers has led to varied progress while some harvest progress is seen across all regions. The province's harvest is estimated at 9% complete for all crops, which compares to 4% this time last year, the five-year average of 8% and the 10-year average of 5%. Current progress is the third fastest when compared to the past five years, while it is down sharply from the 18% completed by this week in the 2021 drought year.

Looking at select crops, 56% of the province's winter wheat is harvested, close to 10 points above the 40.6% five-year average but well-behind the 83% harvested by this week during the 2021 drought year. An estimated 2% of the spring wheat is harvested (3.2%), 1% of the canola (1.2%), 36% of the dry peas (26.6%) and 36% of the lentils (26.4%), with the five-year average in brackets.

In addition to the crop harvested, the government estimates that 9.4% of the spring wheat is either swathed or ready to straight combine, 16% of the durum is ready to straight combine, 11.6% of the barley is either swathed or ready to straight combine along with 4.5% of the canola.

As seen on the attached chart, progress in the three eastern regions of the province are seen at an average pace, or slightly behind it, while the three regions on the west side of the province range from ahead of average to slightly behind average. The Southwest Region leads at 19% complete (15%), while the Southeast Region is 8% complete (8%), with the five-year average in brackets. The West-Central Region is 9% complete (6%), the East-Central Region is 4% complete (4%), the Northwest Region is 1% complete (2%) and the Northeast Region is 2% complete (3%), with the five-year average in brackets.

The government has yet to release yield estimates, while the first yield estimates released in 2022 were seen for the week ending Sept. 5.

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