Harvest progress stalls in Saskatchewan
By Top Crop Manager
Oct. 13, 2014 - Unfavourable weather conditions last week stalled harvest operations for many producers in Saskatchewan, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. As at October 9, 72 per cent of the crop was combined, while 19 per cent was swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 84 per cent combined and 11 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
The northwestern region was the furthest advanced with 83 per cent of the crop combined. Eighty-one per cent was combined in the southwestern region; 80 per cent in the northeastern region; 76 per cent in the west-central region; 67 in the southeastern region; and 57 per cent in the east-central region.
Strong winds and rain lodged some crops, while moisture, frost and disease caused quality issues in many crops. High levels of Fusarium head blight are being reported in many areas.