By Top Crop Manager
Aug. 22, 2014 - Just over one per cent of the 2014 Saskatchewan provincial crop has been combined, while four 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 two per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Harvest operations are the furthest ahead in the southwestern region where four per cent of the crop has been combined. At this time, average crop yields are being reported in most areas.
Provincially, 19 per cent of the fall rye, nine per cent of the field peas, eight per cent of the winter wheat and three per cent of the lentils are combined. Seven per cent of the canola and four per cent of the mustard are swathed.
Heavy rain, strong winds and hail caused the majority of crop damage this week. Grasshoppers, wheat midge, fusarium head blight and sclerotinia are also causing some damage.