Sask harvest reaches 89 percent in latest crop report

Saskatchewan farmers made significant harvest progress this past week.

Provincial crops extension specialist Sara Tetland says 89 percent of the crop is in the bin, up from 77 percent last week and well ahead of the average of 67 percent for this time of year.

Harvest ranges from 99 percent in the southwest to 66 percent in the northwest.

Most of the province saw minimal amounts of rain this past week, with Lipton in the east central region receiving the highest amount at 21 millimeters.

A few other areas in eastern regions had half an inch of rain.

Topsoil moisture is rated 35 percent adequate, 40 percent short and 25 percent very short.

The latest crop report says farmers need substantial rainfall prior to freeze up to ensure adequate moisture levels for next year.

The major causes of crop loss this past week was wind, waterfowl and wildlife.

Lack of moisture and frost earlier this month also caused some crop damage.

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