September 1, 2016 12:37 pm

Farmers making progress on harvesting the 2016 Saskatchewan crop

Farmers slightly ahead of the five-year average as good progress made on harvesting the 2016 Saskatchewan crop.

Jessica Kent / Global News
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Some good weather over the past few days has allowed farmers to make progress on harvesting the 2016 Saskatchewan crop.

According to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, 18 per cent of the crop is combined and 32 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

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This is slightly ahead of the five-year average of 17 per cent combined for this time of year.

Harvest is furthest along in the southeast region, with 34 per cent of the crop in the bin.

Provincially, 92 per cent of winter wheat, 64 per cent of field peas, 40 per cent of lentils, 10 per cent of durum and spring wheat and seven per cent of canola is combined, with 52 per cent of canola swathed.

As for the hay crop, it is estimated that four per cent of forage acres will not be harvested due to a wet and humid haying season.

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The majority of crop damage reported in the past week was due to prolonged flooding and disease.

There are also reports of higher rates of sclerotinia in canola, fusarium in wheat and durum, and bleaching of cereals and pulses when compared to other years.

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