Combining ready to begin in some parts of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan farmers in some parts of the province have begun harvest operations.

While most farmers estimate their crops are at their normal development stages, some pulse crops have started to dry out, allowing for combining to begin this week or within the next week or two.

Many cereals and pulses are also in the seed filling stages.

Rainfall was quite minimal this week, with the Yorkton area receiving the most rainfall in the province during the week with 26 mm. Many areas are in need of a good rain.

Topsoil moisture conditions have reduced. They are rated at 57% adequate, 33% short and 10% very short.

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated at one percent surplus, 44% adequate, 36% short, and 19% very short.

Pasture land conditions have seen a lack of growth, again due to reduced moisture. Provincially, three percent excellent, 34% of pasture land is rated good, 39% fair, 15% poor and seven percent very poor.

Crop damage this week was mostly caused by heat, dry conditions, and wind.

Damage was also caused by grasshoppers, worms, aphids and moths, as well as diseases.

Haying, hauling grain, and prepping for harvest is keeping farmers busy in Saskatchewan.

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