Saskatchewan Farmers Start Harvesting in Early August: Harvest Report


This year’s harvest has officially started in Saskatchewan.

Farmers in western regions of the province have started harvesting where crops are more advanced, according to this week’s harvest report. And for those in the east, they’re not far behind as most crops should be ready in about a week.

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“It’s going to be quite common here to see combines rolling across the field through the southwest and then going into the mid-west,” said Matthew Struthers, crop extension specialist at the Department of Agriculture.

Struthers said whether or not crops are ready for harvest really depends on the rain.

“There are definitely some areas here in the south in particular and parts of the mid-west where the crops just haven’t gotten that rain when they needed it and they’re certainly showing it now,” he said. he declares.

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The start of harvest is timely, as more warmth seems to be on the horizon.

“I would like to see mid to high 20s just to keep this crop going, and then some light rain here and there that will help the crops fill their seed pods,” Struthers explained. “Just to keep things from burning too fast.”

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While farmers have started harvesting, some have not been so lucky. Many crops have been damaged by hail over the past week, with some crops being so badly hit that they have been written off completely.

“It’s really unfortunate to see,” he said. “You spend all this time growing a crop and then it gets cut on you. We don’t want that to happen in August and we certainly don’t want to see early season frosts. »

In terms of topsoil moisture, even with the rains received last week, topsoil moisture across the province continues to decrease slightly. Topsoil moisture in cropland is rated as excess at 4%, adequate at 64%, insufficient at 25%, and very insufficient at 7%.

Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 2% excess, 65% adequate, 20% insufficient, and 13% very insufficient.

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A full copy of the report can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

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