Monday , 19 October 2020
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Local farms behind schedule for harvest

Very little progress has been made with harvest for local farms due to the wet, cool weather. Warm, dry weather is needed for further crop development and dryer fields.

Between August 25-31, three per cent of crop has been combined in the region, up from two per cent last week. Combining is behind the five-year average of seven per cent.

Across the province, 28 per cent of crop is combined, which is up 15 per cent from last week. A total of 27 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Crops are coming off-dry, but some need to be placed in aeration bins and dryers. Crops are in good condition and are expected to have an average yield.

Canola crops have been swathed, and other crops are being desiccated when the weather permits.

Twenty-nine per cent of field peas, seven per cent of barley and 45 per cent of lentils have been combined. One per cent of spring wheat has been combined. Flax crops are at 87 per cent standing.

Fifteen per cent of field peas, six per cent of oats, eight per cent of barley have been combined. Seven per cent of spring wheat is ready to be combined.

The St. Walberg area received the most rain in the region with 479 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, three per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and 17 per cent very short.

Most of the crop damage from the week came from strong winds blowing swaths around and shelling out standing crops.

Some areas reported light frost, but there seems to be minimal damage.

Farmers have started swathing, desiccating, combining and hauling bales.

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