By Top Crop Manager
As harvest continues across the Prairies, Saskatchewan is seeing operations near completion, with lentils and field pea harvest virtually complete, and other crops making progress. In Manitoba, harvest remains behind but is still progressing, and yields are average to above-average.
Manitoba harvest has passed the halfway point and is catching up slightly to its five-year average as of the week ending Oct. 5. In a typical year, the province would be closer to 86 per cent complete by this week; currently progress is at 63 per cent. While that is three weeks behind the five-year average, it is slightly closer than it was last week when it sat 3.5 weeks behind. In particular, the past week had a substantial increase in harvested canola area, with more than 1.9 million acres now off the field. This brings the canola harvest from 30 to 58 per cent, representing an increase of approximately 925,000 acres.
Soybean harvest has started, as farms wrap up cereals and canola. Yields reported to date range from average to above-average. Some unharvested cereals have seen quality downgrading from recent wet weather, where staining, mildew and sprouting has affected late wheat and oat crops. Fall tillage and fieldwork is underway wherever farmers are caught up with harvest, or are able to work when rains stop harvest progress. Harrowing stubble is common, and some fall broadcast fertilizer is being applied, together with a start to anhydrous ammonia banding. | READ MORE
Harvest progress in Saskatchewan is now at 81 per cent complete (still ahead of the five-year average of 75 per cent) as of the week ending Sept. 26. Harvest is mostly complete in the southwest region (where 98 per cent of the crop is now combined) and west-central region (97 per cent), with producers now completing other field work. Other regions were slowed down slightly by cool, damp weather. Many producers in the eastern and northern areas of the province are waiting for canola stems to dry down or for some warm, windy days to lower the moisture content of cereal grains. The area with the least progress is the east-central region, at 65 per cent completion.
For crops, lentils and field peas across the province are virtually all harvested. Durum (96 per cent), chickpeas (94 per cent), Barley (86 per cent) and spring wheat (83 per cent) are also nearing completion, while 66 per cent of canola has been harvested with an additional 26 per cent ready to be swathed or straight-cut. Small amounts of rainfall were received across the province last week, with the most falling in the northeast and southeast regions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 34 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 30 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 27 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 33 per cent very short. | READ MORE
As of July, Alberta’s crop reports are now released every other week. The more recent report released covered the two weeks ending Sept. 20 and was covered in last week’s report. During that two weeks, combining progress has more-than-doubled, with 77 per cent of the province’s crops combined. That’s well ahead of the 10-year average of 53 per cent and up form 37 per cent two weeks prior. | READ MORE