Harvesting advances as Saskatchewan warms up

Thu Sep 3, 2009 12:30pm EDT
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Warm weather has sped up the harvest in Saskatchewan, but it continues to lag well behind the normal pace, the government of Canada's largest crop-growing province said on Thursday.

* 8 percent of the crop has been combined, compared to the five-year harvest average of 22 percent.

* An additional 9 percent is swathed and 4 percent ready to straight-combine.

* Farmers have combined 45 percent of winter wheat, 63 percent of fall rye, 31 percent of lentils and 39 percent of peas.

* Harvesting of spring wheat (1 percent), canola (1 percent), barley (4 percent) and oats (1 percent) is just beginning.

* Farmers have made good progress swathing canola

* Cropland topsoil moisture has declined and is rated as 1 percent surplus, 84 percent adequate, 12 percent short and 3 percent very short.

* Haying is nearly complete in central and northern regions.

* Grasshoppers are becoming a problem in harvested crops and stored grain.

* Frost was reported in an isolated northwest area in the past week.