Crops continue to dry down and producers are either getting ready or starting harvest operations. The Saskatchewan Agriculture's Week Crop Report for July 31st to August 6th stated that most farmers will expect to be in the fields in the next week.
Regional Crop Specialist for Kindersley, John Ippolito, agreed with that statement, "There's a few that are combining lentils or peas. The majority are actually desiccating peas and lentils right now. So we're just nicely getting started with a few getting out there. Another 7 to 10 days before we can say harvest has started for the whole region."
Although yields are expected to be below average, Ippolito said quality is still looking good, "I think we're going to find quality is good across the board, unless we get some rain events now that we dohave mature crop out there. The expectation is that quality will be good."
Moisture is needed to help replenish topsoil, but any rainfall will be too late for crops. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 51% adequate, 35% short and 14% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 44% adequate, 35% short and 21% very short.
The extreme heat in the province will continue to dry out fields, as Ippolito explained, "The extreme heat may cause crop dry down quicker than we originally thought, which might affect bushel weight because some of the later seeds may not totally fill like we would want them to."
He also noted that most fields won't be too badly damaged by the heat, "The extreme heat, for any crop that's still trying to flower, we're probably going to see damage there, although there's very few of those crops."