Lloydminster farmers made significant progress with harvest compared to last week.
Between September 22nd to 28th, the district that includes Lloydminster, Maidstone and Turtleford has around 55 per cent of the crop combined. This is up from 28 per cent the week prior.
The northwest region continued making progress with harvest operations this week with minimal delays due to small amounts of rain and cool temperatures.
There is now 66 per cent of the crop combined in the northwest region, which is up from 43 per cent last week. This is ahead of the five year (2015-2019) average of 46 per cent.
An additional 26 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.
There was a reduction in topsoil moisture conditions this week due to minimal precipitation and windy conditions.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 53 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 54 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.
The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, lack of moisture, wildlife and frost.
Wind has been blowing swaths around, but has also helped to dry some of the crop in the field.
Some farmers noted yield reductions in fields that had excessive amounts of moisture during the growing season.
Farmers are busy combining, drying grain and moving bales.
Across the Saskatchewan, 89 per cent of the 2020 crop combined, which is up from 77 per cent last week, and remains ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 67 per cent for this time of year.