Sask harvest reaches 77 percent in latest crop report

Saskatchewan farmers made good harvest progress this week despite weekend rainfall.

Provincial crops extension specialist Sara Tetland says 77 percent of the crop has been combined, up from 62 percent last week and well ahead of the average of 59 percent.

Harvest ranges from 96 percent complete in the southwest to 43 percent in the northwest.

Many areas received rainfall last weekend, with the Tyner area of southwest Saskatchewan receiving the largest amount at 99 millimeters or almost 4 inches.

Topsoil moisture is rated 37 percent adequate, 39 percent short and 24 percent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, frost, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of moisture.

Farmers are reminded that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation provides compensation for damage caused by wildlife.

Farmers do not need to be an existing customer to file a claim.

Pastures are rated 2 percent excellent, 16 percent good, 32 percent fair, 33 percent poor and 17 percent very poor.

Southern regions are mostly very poor to fair.

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