Harvest timing below average in Sask.
By Saskatchewan Agriculture
Aug. 29, 2014 - Two per cent of the 2014 provincial crop is combined, while 12 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.
The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is six per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest has progressed the most in the southwest, where seven per cent of the crop has been combined. At this time, average crop yields are being reported in most areas.
Provincially, 27 per cent of fall rye, 13 per cent of winter wheat, 12 per cent of field peas and eight per cent of lentils are combined. Twenty-two per cent of canola is swathed while 14 per cent of mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest operations have been slowed down by this week's rain which covered most of the province.
Heavy rain, strong winds, flooding and hail caused the majority of reported crop damage this week.
Grasshoppers, wheat midge and sclerotinia also caused some damage.
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