According to the crop report, Saskatchewan’s crop is 73 percent complete IG News

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Harvest has slowed over the past week for many growers, as the cold and damp weather was felt in Saskatchewan.

Even in the cold season, crop progress for the province is 73 percent, up from last week’s 64 percent, and well ahead of the five-year average of 68 percent.

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“There has certainly been a lot of progress, but not the leap some might have expected,” said Matthew Struthers, a crop extension specialist at the Ministry of Agriculture.

“So going forward, we want to see the cold, humid weather just hold on a little longer, and then we can harvest the whole crop and then have it rain. And finally let it snow one day, but not now,” He said with a laugh.

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An additional 18 percent is ready for harvesting or direct harvesting.

Harvest is most advanced in the Southwest region where now 96 percent of the crop is combined. The West-Central region has 89 percent combined and the South-East 65 percent. The North-West region accounts for 63 per cent of the total crop, while only 58 per cent in the North-East and 52 per cent in the East-central.

“Most of the crop damage this week was caused by wind, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of moisture,” the province said in this week’s crop report.

“There were several reports of harsh frosts across the province, but growers say the damage is minimal because of the crops being so well advanced. There is likely to be some slight decline in standing or damaged cereal crops due to bleaching from the recent rains.

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While the humidity slowed the harvest for many growers who have already done so, it was a welcome sight.

Concerns about farm and equipment fires have subsided and it is expected that rain will be enough in some areas to allow pastures to grow a bit again. The Pelly area received 44 mm, the Melfort and Mussomein area 30 mm, the Lipton area 13 mm, the Rosetown area nine mm and the Vanguard area four mm.

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The top soil moisture of the provincial crop land is rated as one percent surplus, 37 percent sufficient, 40 percent low and 21 percent very low. The top soil moisture content of grass and pasture land is rated as one percent surplus, 28 percent sufficient, 42 percent low and 29 percent very low.

The province said that these conditions have deteriorated across the province due to strong winds and lack of rain.

Pasture condition is rated as 4 per cent excellent, 23 per cent good, 31 per cent fair, 25 per cent poor and 17 per cent very poor. Conditions vary in the southeast, east-central and north-eastern regions, with rainfall in the spring helping to keep the pasture grass in excellent condition and throughout the summer.

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