Crops continue to mature as Sask. producers look towards harvest
Ripened wheat ready for harvest in a large crop field near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on August 21, 2013. (Larry MacDougal / The Canadian Press)
With crops maturing throughout Saskatchewan, producers have begun harvest operation in some parts of the province according to Saskatchewan Agriculture.
Although some crops are one to two weeks behind in development more producers are expected to begin harvest in the coming weeks.
Rainfall covering parts of the province has given some moisture to later-seeded crops and replenished topsoil moisture.
Rainfall ranged from 94 mm in the Porcupine Plain area to trace amounts in other parts of the province.
Throughout Saskatchewan, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and three per cent very short. Moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 48 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.
Pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 28 per cent good, 45 per cent fair, 19 per cent poor and four per cent very poor. More rainfall will be beneficial for pastures as they mature heading into harvest.
Strong winds, hail, localized flooding, insects and lack of moisture produced the majority of crop damage this week. Reports of ascochyta blight in chickpea crops are also causing significant damage in south Saskatchewan.
Producers are also haying, hauling bales and getting ready for harvest.