|Rain Delays Harvest Operations|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:26|
Most of east central Saskatchewan got rain this week that delayed harvest operations. Diseases such as sclerotinia, staghead, aster yellows and cereal leaf spot have damaged crops, and yields are anticipated to be lower than normal in many areas. Flea beetles, diamondback moths and armyworms are damaging crops and some crops continue to be sprayed with insecticides.
The majority of the west central Saskatchewan also received rain this past week, delaying harvest operations. Since April 1st, precipitation in the region has ranged from 292 mm around Kindersley area to to 519 mm in the Outlook area, which is the third highest cumulative rainfall total in the province since the beginning of April. Due to the wet weather, insects and disease, there are indications that yield may be less than normal in some parts of the region. There have also been reports of foot rot in cattle.
In the northeast, varying amounts of rain fell this past week too with the Tisdale area receiving the greatest cumulative rainfall in both the region and the province at 584 millimeters since the beginning of April. Swathing should begin in the next week on fields that are dry enough to support equipment. Many fields are wet and there are concerns that crop quality will be an issue.
In the northwest, rainfall amounts varied and harvest is just beginning. Haying is still underway but most producers should be finished in the coming days. Producers in some areas continue to spray for bertha armyworms and lygus bugs. Aster yellows and cereal leaf spot disease may affect the yield of some crops. There have been reports of shortages of both insecticides and crop dusters due to high demand. Many hay fields will have a second cut this year. Additional rain is needed to help fill later-seeded crops.
Too see the full Crop Report go to: http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/crprpt120816