Saskatchewan farmers made limited harvest progress this past week.
Provincial crops analyst Shannon Friesen said combining is at 73%, up from 68% but slightly behind the 5 year average.
“It seems like every day, or every couple of days, some area in the province is getting either snow or large amounts of rain,” Friesen said.
“Certainly what we need going forward is some warm, dry, and hopefully some windy days as well.”
She said many of the harvested crops this past week will need to be dried for proper storage.
“The majority of what has actually come off has been very tough, and in fact many have been damp as well,” Freisen said.
“Much of the grain is being placed in aeration, and of course the drier bins as well.”
Harvest ranges from 90 percent in the southwest to 33 percent in the northwest.
Yield estimates range greatly but are about average while the recent wet weather is expected to downgrade many crops.
So far, 54 percent of the spring wheat is number 1, 25 percent number 2, 17 percent number 3 and four percent is graded feed wheat.
Soil moisture has improved with topsoil rated 3 percent surplus, 64 percent adequate, 27 percent short and six percent very short.
SaskPower says there were 3 cases of farm equipment contacting electrical equipment last week, bringing the total in September to 13.
The latest crop report has an estimate for crop yields.
For the southeast, hard red spring wheat is estimated at 47 bushels an acre and barley at 66 bushels.
Canola and peas in the southeast are both estimated at 37 bushels an acre.
In the southwest, the spring wheat yield is estimated at 29 bushels an acre, barley at 41, canola 23 bushels and peas 24.
The best spring wheat and canola yields are in the northeast at 52 bushels for wheat and 46 bushels an acre for canola.