Harvest is underway in the region, with some farmers starting to combine and many more desiccating. By Aug. 10, one per cent of the crop was combined and three per cent was swathed or ready to straight-cut.
According to the Government of Saskatchewan data, the five-year average (2015-2019) for this time of year is three per cent of the crop combined and five per cent of the crop swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Sixty-six per cent of the fall rye, 26 per cent of the winter wheat, nine per cent of the field peas, seven per cent of the barley and three per cent of the lentils are now in the bin.
There were scattered rain showers throughout the region this week, ranging from a couple millimeters to over an inch in some areas. The area south of Broadview received the most rain in the province during Aug. 4-10 period with 39 mm. The Grenfell area received 37 mm, the Odessa area 33 mm, areas west of Weyburn 31 mm, the Moosomin area 20 mm, the Briercrest area 12 mm, the Marquis area 7.5 mm, the Carnduff area five mm and the Lampman area three mm.
Moisture conditions remained around the same level as last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 47 per cent adequate, 48 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 53 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.
The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, dry conditions and localized reports of hail. There were also reports of grasshoppers, bertha armyworms and diamondback moths in the region.
Haying and baling is wrapping up in the region and yields are lower than normal. Dry conditions have limited pasture growth in the region.