The last crop report for 2018 has indicated most farmers were able to complete their harvest despite the challenging weather conditions.
Farmers across Saskatchewan has to deal with snow and wet weather for much of October, but were able to wrap things up during a week or two of warm dry weather.
Provincial Crops specialist Shannon Friesen said farmers were able to complete 99% of the harvest.
“Of course, now that we’ve had some more snow and rain, things should be delayed even further for that last remaining 1%,” Friesen said. “For the most part that crop will either be combined if the weather improves, or of course it may sit in the field until spring time.”
Friesen said crop quality depends on when farmers were able to take the crop off the field.
“Anything that was combined prior to the snow and rain in September-October is actually grading really well, and actually falling into the top two grades,” Friesen said. “Anything that has come off in the last couple of weeks, we do expect some downgrading to happen from things such as sprouting, bleaching, some staining issues.”
Friesen said for the most part livestock producers should have enough feed to get through the winter.
“We do have some concerns in some pockets of the province, especially in those drier areas where they are actually concerned of some shortages, and that may also happen if we have an extended winter feeding season as well.”
According to Friesen, top soil moisture conditions are improving, but more moisture is needed ahead of spring time to improve dry conditions in the south.