With the 2020 crop within the bin, consideration has turned to moisture for subsequent yr.
“Farmers want fall moisture and snow over the winter to recharge dugouts and guarantee ample moisture for subsequent yr’s crop, hay and pasture land,” says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s crop report for the week ended Oct. 12.
Scattered showers throughout the province introduced little moisture with 1 mm at Moose Jaw, 2 mm at Rockglen and a hint south and west of Moose Jaw.
The moisture image is not wanting good with solely 25 per cent of crop land rated with ample moisture and 75 per cent quick or very quick.
Regionally, the moisture situations for crop land are worse than provincially with a mere 5 per cent of the southeast, together with Moose Jaw, rated ample. Fifty-nine per cent may be very quick with 36 per cent quick.
Within the southwest, 22 per cent of crop land moisture is rated ample with 46 per cent quick and 32 per cent very quick.
Hay and pasture land moisture throughout the provinces is rated one per cent surplus, 18 per cent ample, 34 per cent quick and 47 per cent very quick.
Solely 4 per cent of southeast hay and pasture lans is rated with ample moisture. Thirty-one per cent is rated quick and 65 per cent very quick.
Eleven per cent of southwest hay and pasture land has ample moisture with 40 per cent quick and 49 per cent very quick.
One per cent of oats, canola, canary seed and soybeans was left to reap after Thanksgiving Day. The harvest completion fee of 99 per cent was nicely forward of the 83 per cent five-year common.
Farmers are engaged in fall cultivation, fertilizing. fencing and hauling bales.
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