Saskatchewan Harvest Should Ramp Up

REGINA - Oct 3/19 - SNS -- Farmers in Saskatchewan are expected to make significant harvest progress the remainder of this week, assuming provincial weather forecasts remain warm and dry.

Progress during the past week was once again limited by wet and cold conditions. As of September 30, 47% of all crops had been harvested, up from 39% last week, but well below the recent five year average of 75% complete by the end of September.

Another 34% of the crop was in swath or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture. However, much of the crop is coming off tough and "is being put into grain dryers and aeration bins. Farmers will need several weeks of warm and dry weather to get the crop off."

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 68% of the crop is now combined. Harvest activities are half complete in the northeast region, and 46% complete in the southeast. The west-central region has 46% combined, the northwest region 34% and the east-central region 33%.