Farmers are making quick work after a dry summer in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report states 26% of the crop is now in the bin, well over the five year average for this time of year of 16% combined. 24% of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The southwest region has the most combined, with 49% of the crop in the bin, while the southeastern region has 37% combined, west-central 23% and east-central 14%. Up north, the northeastern region has 4% combined wihle northwestern Saskatchewan is at 5% in the bin. As for crops, 98% of fall rye and winter wheat, 76% of lentils, 74% of field peas, 42% of mustard, 32% of durum, 26% of barley, 21% of triticale, 14% of spring wheat and 10% of canola has been combined. Also, 18% of soybeans, 7% of oats and chickpeas, 2% of canary seed and 1% of flax are in the bin, while 39% of canola and 25% of spring wheat and mustard are swathed or ready to straight-cut. Most of the province received little to no rain this past week, with the highest rainfall in the Rama area with only 10 mm of rain falling. With warm temperatures and a lack of rainfall, cropland topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate, with moisture at 1% surplus, 26% adequate, 44% short and 29% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisutre sits at 1% surplus, 20% adequate, 37% short and 42% very short. SaskPower is also reminding farmers to keep an eye out for power equipment while harvesting with 7 reports of farm machinery coming into contact with power equipment this week.