News Release - July 31, 2006
CROP REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30TH
Pre-harvest crop production estimates indicate that Saskatchewan farmers are expected to harvest 24.5 million tonnes of grains, oilseeds and specialty crops, according to the crop reporters who provide the information for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.
This figure is slightly less than the 10-year average production. Crop reporters will continue to monitor yield projections throughout the harvest period, and new figures will be provided if there is significant change in the production estimates. Statistics Canada's July production estimate will be released on August 25th.
Crop reporters had forecasted better yields earlier in the season, but the recent heat and the lack of precipitation have lowered expectations. Provincial crop yield estimates range from 80 to 115 per cent of the 10-year average. There is variability at both the local and regional levels. Many crop reporters indicated they will have a better read on yields once combining begins in earnest.
Harvest operations are just getting underway, with one per cent of the 2006 crop combined, and two per cent lying in swath or ready to straight combine. Crops combined to date include winter wheat, spring wheat, oats, barley, fall rye, triticale, canola, mustard, lentils, peas and chickpeas.
The weather conditions allowed for continued haying progress in many areas. Ninety-two per cent of the first-cut, and three per cent of the second-cut hay crop has been baled, or put into silage. Over half of the crop reporters do not expect to harvest a second cut.
Topsoil moisture conditions on crop, hay and pasture land were similar to last week. Fewer than 20 per cent of the reporters rated topsoil moisture as adequate. Reporters in the southern areas of the province reported the highest percentage of very short topsoil moisture ratings.
Heat and drought stress were responsible for most of the crop damage during the past week. Other sources of damage included hail, wind, insects, disease and gophers.
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