Harvest report: For the period from September 6 to 12, 2022

Last week’s ideal conditions allowed growers in all regions of the province to make tremendous progress in harvesting. Sixty-four percent of the crop has now been harvested, up from 42% last week and just ahead of the five-year average (2017-2021) of 57%. Another 20% of the crop is ready to be swathed or cut in a straight line. Many growers in the Southwest and Midwest regions have completed harvesting and are doing other field work. There are concerns about soil moisture and good rain after harvest would be ideal as the soil is drying out across the province after several weeks of minimal rainfall, wind and hot weather.

Harvesting is most advanced in the southwest region, where 93% of the harvest is in the trash. The mid-west has 80% combined, the south-east 57%, the north-west 47%, the mid-east 46% and the north-east 41%.

Ninety-five percent lentils and field peas, 90 percent durum wheat, 72 percent barley, 68 percent spring wheat, 39 percent canola and 23 percent flax have been combined. There is an additional 40% of canola that is ready to be swathed or cut straight.

The quality grades of durum wheat are estimated at 50% 1OC, 30% 2OC, 15% 3OC and 5% 4 and 5OC. Quality grades of peas are estimated at 45% 1 CAN, 46% 2 CAN, 9% 3 CAN and 1% Sample grade. Lens quality grades are estimated at 34% 1CAN, 60% 2CAN, and 7% 3CAN.

Most of the province received very little to no rain this week. The Livelong, St. Walburg and Meadow Lake areas received a two to five mm fork, which did not cause any major delays.

Harvest progress
Combined percentage
All crops
September 13/21 74
September 14/20 62
September 16/19 23
September 10, 2018 58
September 11, 2017 67
5 years on average (2017-2021) 57
10 years on average (2012-2021) 47

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 1% excess, 37% adequate, 38% short, and 24% very short. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 1% excess, 27% adequate, 44% insufficient, and 28% very insufficient.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to light hail, wind and dry conditions. Frost was reported from the southeast to the northwest; the damage is not yet assessed because some regions suffered more severe frosts than others. Strong winds continued to blow over windrows and husk crops. Wildlife and waterfowl damage was also reported as they headed south.

Producers are busy harvesting, windrowing, hauling bales and moving cattle. Post-harvest activities are well underway in some regions. Producers are finding that many areas are too dry to consider planting winter cereals.

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