News Release - September 25, 2000
WEATHER LIMITS HARVEST OPERATIONS
Despite poor weather, farmers have harvested a total of 74 per cent of this
year's crop, up from 67 per cent harvested last week, according to Saskatchewan
Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report. This compares to 66 per cent
harvested at this time last year, and the five-year (1995-99) average of 76 per
Southwestern areas received the heaviest amounts of precipitation during the
past week, but most areas received enough moisture to halt harvesting
operations for several days. Both quality and yield damage are expected from
the killing frosts that hit many areas. The frosts have been welcomed by some
areas as this will push crops to maturity. Wind damage was again evident in
many areas of the province. Farmers continue to report sprouting, bleaching,
staining and light-weight crops. Snowfall, received in some areas, did damage
to standing crops.
Combining of all crops, with the exception of oats, flax, sunflower, canary
seed and chickpea, is at least 60 per cent complete. All crop districts, with
the exception of Crop District 9 in the northern part of the grainbelt, are at
least 65 per cent complete.
Seventy-three per cent of the spring wheat crop has been harvested, up from 64
per cent last week. Forty-nine per cent of the harvested spring wheat is
expected to grade No. 1 Canada Western (CW), below the 10-year (1990-99)
average of 55 per cent. Quality is expected to decline further as weathering
continues to affect crop grades.
Pasture conditions are generally fair to good throughout the province. Areas
reporting poor conditions are mainly in the western half of the province though
some eastern districts also report areas of poor pasture conditions.
Germination of both standing and swathed crops, resulting test weight and
quality reductions, is being reported. Crop insurance contract holders may be
in a claim position and should contact their local crop insurance office for
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For more information, contact:
Agriculture and Food
Phone: (306) 787-5956