Harvest progresses in SE in spite of rain, cool weather

Scattered rainfall has not delayed harvesting operations very much, as many producers are out on the fields in southeast Saskatchewan. About 12 per cent of the crops are now combined and in the bins, with 12 per cent of the crops swathed or ready to straight-cut.

This is behind the five-year average for this time of year, as on average about 25 per cent of crops are combined.

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Provincially, only six per cent of the harvest was combined, with eight per cent swathed or ready to be straight-cut.

In the week leading up to the long weekend, rainfall amounts varied widely depending on the rain showers that came through the region.

The RM of Tecumseh around Stoughton had 33 mm of rain, the RM of Weyburn had 2 mm, while Wellington had 6 mm and Brokenshell had 16 mm, the RM of Francis ranged from 2 to 5 mm, and the RM of Laurier had up to 5 mm.

Topsoil moisture levels on crop land is rated as one per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and one per cent very short.

Hay land and pasture land topsoil moisture levels are rated as 81 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and four per cent very short.

For a complete report on the harvest this week, see the Weyburn Review’s edition on Sept. 4.