This week Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist Grant McLean told the Times-Herald local farmers have reportedly combined 13 per cent of the 2012 crop, which is above the provincial average of about four per cent.
“It’s going along quite well,” he said, adding in 2011 Moose Jaw-area farmers had just seven per cent of crops in the bins at the mid-August period.
While recent thunderstorms have created some challenges for local producers, McLean said the harvest has nonetheless moved along swiftly.
According to the Saskatchewan Agriculture weekly crop report, across the province 52 per cent of the winter wheat, 47 per cent of the fall rye, two per cent of the barley, seven per cent of the mustard, 13 per cent of the lentils and 22 per cent of the field peas have been combined. Eleven per cent of the canola, 13 per cent of the mustard, six per cent of the lentils, four per cent of the winter wheat and 18 per cent of the fall rye have been swathed.
Around Moose Jaw, McLean said, pulse crops are particularly ahead of the provincial average in regards to harvesting. He said farmers are also working on winter wheat, lentils, peas, fall rye and even a bit into the barley.
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