Rain delays harvest in northeast

Both sun and rain are in the forecast

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Crops in northeastern Saskatchewan are ripening and some are ready to harvest but the rain is slowing things down.

According to Saskathewan Agriculture, only four per cent of the northeast area (ranging from Hudson Bay, Carrot River and Humboldt to Prince Alberta and Paddockwod) has their crops in the bin.

Normally, nine per cent would already be done by September 2.

An additional 11 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, should the sun actually shine.

Much of the region received in the week before September 2, ranging from small amounts to 31 mm in the Garrick area. The Tisdale area received 24 mm of rain, the Ridgedale area 12 mm, the Humboldt and Kinistino areas 20 mm, the Bruno area 11 mm, the Lake Lenore area 10 mm, the Melfort area 18 mm and the Arborfield area 16 mm. The Arborfield area has also received the most precipitation since April 1 (316 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus and 81 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Crop District 8A is reporting that 42 per cent of the cropland and 37 per cent of hay land and pasture has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

The majority of crop damage was due to localized flooding, hail, frost and strong winds. Some barley crops are coming off tough with quality concerns from sprouting.

Producers are busy swathing, combining and hoping for warm and dry weather. Some sun was expected as of September 9, but so was more rain.

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