Frost, cool weather puts Sask. harvest behind schedule

Frost, cool weather and rain delay the 2014 Saskatchewan harvest, pushing it behind the five-year average. Ross Neitz, Global News

REGINA – Frost and cool weather, along with rain, are combining to delay the 2014 Saskatchewan harvest and farmers are hoping for improved weather to help with the progress.

The latest crop report from the province says 14 per cent of the crop has been combined, with 39 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The five-year average for this time of year in 26 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.

Furthest advanced is the southwest region, with 23 per cent combined while in the east-central region, only six per cent is combined.

Across the province, only 10 per cent of the canola crop has been combined with 71 per cent ready to be swathed or straight-cut.

The report also says 77 per cent of fall rye, 65 per cent of field peas, 53 per cent of winter wheat, 34 per cent of lentils, 16 per cent of mustard and 12 per cent of barley have been combined.

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Most of the yields are reported to be average with wet field conditions and rain damaging many crops. The quality of some pulses and cereals also remains a concern.

Frost, hail and strong winds also contributed to crop damage in the past week.

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