Late last week, Saskatchewan Agriculture announced that Saskatchewan's harvest progress as of Aug. 26 was 5% harvested and 14% swathed or ready to straight cut. The five-year average for the same period in time 15% harvested and 22% swathed or ready to straight cut. Alberta's bi-weekly crop report, as of Aug. 27, indicated that 4.5% of the crop had been combined, while 9.8% of the crop was swathed.
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DTN's charts for 5-Day Highs Compared to Normal, ending Sept. 7, indicate ideal temperatures to continue to favor the maturing crop and harvest activities. Alberta and Saskatchewan show that temperatures over this time will remain 7 to 9 degrees Celsius over the normal highs for this period of time, while Manitoba is due to receive temperatures which are 3 to 6 degrees Celsius over the normal highs for this period in time. The 5-Day Lows Compared to Normal chart also indicates temperatures above normal for this period of time.
Attached is a chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service which shows a system forecast to bring moisture to the southern Prairies in the seven-day window to Sept. 10. The first look at this system today indicated far more moisture expected on the Prairies as a result of this system, with the light blue circle representing a 1-inch accumulation, shown centered over North Dakota on the attached graphic, positioned well into southern Saskatchewan. With this entire system currently shifting to the south and east, the current map would indicate southern Alberta to perhaps experience the majority of the impact on the prairies.
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