Warm, dry weather helps Saskatchewan harvest
By Top Crop Manager
Sept. 25, 2014 - Warm and relatively dry weather allowed harvest to significantly advance in Saskatchewan between September 16 and 22, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.
Forty-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin and 37 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is 58 per cent combined and 25 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
While overall yields are reported to be about average, they vary from region to region depending on field moisture and disease received throughout the year. Average hard red spring wheat yields are reported as 39 bushels per acre, durum 37 bushels per acre, barley 58 bushels per acre, canola 32 bushels per acre and field peas 32 bushels per acre.
Quality remains a concern for many producers as moisture, disease and frost have damaged crops. Strong winds and waterfowl also caused some damage.