Producers were able to work around the weather this past week to get another chunk of harvest done. 70% of harvest is complete in the west central region up from 62% last week, according to Saskatchewan's Crop Report for October 2nd to the 8th. Harvest progress is behind the five year average of 84% complete.
"There's been a little bit of harvest." Regional Crop Specialist, John Ippolito, said it's been a slow few weeks in the field, "It's been kind of slow going out there but we get a little bit done each week."
The weather continues to be a problem, and while there was no significant precipitation this past week, it was just enough to slow down producers. The Smiley area has received 18mm of rain, Dinsmore and Marengo areas 15mm, Rosetown, Macklin and Major areas 6mm, and the Biggar area received 3mm.
Ippolito explained the rain is also affecting quality of grains, "The rain and the snow have pushed guys to the point, some of the canola harvested on the weekend was dry, but a big chunk is considered tough or damp. Guys are no longer waiting for dry conditions, they're just trying to get it off the field."
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 1% surplus, 74% adequate, 20% short and 5% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil is rated as 58% adequate, 30%short and 12% very short.
"We were definitely anticipating hay shortages and that's definitely still a possibility." Ippolito noted the more southern areas will have trouble with feed shortages, "There is still some areas that are indicating they will be short of hay. We're seeing a lot of straw baled up and that's how they'll compensate to some degree."
Producers will be trying to wrap up combining, hauling bales and drying grain in the coming weeks.