Recent rainfall brings harvest to a halt in southern Sask

“There’s frustrations because we had such a very dry start to the year and the rain came at the time where we needed it the least,” said Jacob, but he noted farmers still have time.“It’s mid-September. We’ve got lots of time and producers can make a lot of progress in a little bit of time … This is kind of like second quarter of the football game and you’re behind. You can still make it up.”Twenty-five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 31 per cent of the crop is combined. The southeast region has 24 per cent combined and the west-central region 18 per cent. The east-central and northeast regions have eight per cent combined while the northwest region has seven per cent.Eighty-three per cent of fall rye, 79 per cent of winter wheat, 66 per cent of field peas, 63 per cent of lentils, 28 per cent of barley, 10 per cent of durum, seven per cent of spring wheat and four per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 36 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.Estimated average crop yields for the province are 39 bushels per acre for field peas, 1,452 pounds per acre for lentils, 35 bushels per acre for canola, 23 bushels per acre for flax, 36 bushels per acre for durum, 42 bushels per acre for spring wheat and 66 bushels per acre for [email protected] TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Recent rainy days have brought harvest to a halt, with the amount of of the crop in the bin sliding far behind the average for this time of year.Eighteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 11 per cent last week, but this remains well behind the five-year average of 43 per cent, according to the most recent provincial crop report issued this week.Over the week of Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, most of Saskatchewan received some rain, ranging from trace amounts up to 51 millimetres around Big Beaver. Since then, the southern part of the province has continued to see wet weather. Between Sunday and Thursday this week, Coronach received 76 mm of rain, Moose Jaw saw 67 mm, Regina 51 mm and Swift Current 38 mm.“Harvest is pretty much at a standstill. (The rain) wasn’t welcome, but you kind of have to just go with the flow and take what you’re given,” said Cory Jacob, a crop extension specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture.“It’s caused a lot of downgrading issues now in especially the sale crops. With that much rain they start to kind of bleach, sprout, stain.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Now farmers are waiting for warmer, windier and drier weather before returning to the field. With the forecast calling for some sunny days ahead, Jacob hopes the ground will be dry enough by early next week if warm weather holds throughout the weekend. The recent rainfall has made for a soggy road just outside of Regina. Harvest has ground largely to a halt.

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