Northeast crop combines down 10 per cent due to weather

By Aaron Schulze
September 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Cold and damp weather has been putting a halt on harvest in the northeast region.

A weekly crop report from Sept. 11 – 17 from the Government of Saskatchewan has the combined crop in the northeast at 29 per cent, which is up two per cent from last week, but well below the five-year average at this time of year at 40 per cent.

In comparison with other regions in the province, southeast and southwest are in the mid-80’s for crop combine, while west-central and east-central and in the mid-50’s.

Daphne Cruise, a Crops Extension Specialist with the Saskatchewan Government, told northeastNOW October is historically a good month of harvest in the northeast and the government is hopeful the crop fortune can turn around.

“The crop is a very good one and yields are good for the region because of timely rains in most regions,” Cruise said. “I think it’s wearing on some nerves right now for farmers because it’s been two weeks of very damp conditions that haven’t allowed a lot of progress.”

Cool and damp weather can bleach and stain cereal crops and eventually make them sprout if the conditions prolong. Cruise said crops such as canola and flax can meet the same fate but tend to be sturdier in colder weather.

No announcement has been made if farmers who are facing challenges with the harvest could receive additional funding from the provincial government if the cold and damp weather were to continue.

Cruise encourages farmers and producers to contact their local crop insurance officers for any questions and issues.

 

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