Harvest in the Moose Jaw area has been wrapped up for a few weeks and the crops look pretty good.
“We mainly see lentils — the various types of lentils — and this year the quality overall is quite good,” said Darren Lemieux, trader and market analyst at Simpson Seeds Inc.
He said the good quality came from all regions of this area, although some areas had more diseases because of the thunderstorms and hail that bruised the plants. Some damage was seen in the southwest and western areas of the province, but Lemieux said they were “fairly lucky” that the crops are of good quality.
He said the yields were average because of “our excellent harvest season weather.” He added the good weather is why he wasn’t surprised by the quality of the crop.
“There was no adverse weather to affect the quality,” said Lemieux. “It’s just one of those years where everything seemed to fall into place.”
“I think locally it was quite a good crop. I think there were some disappointments,” added Grant McLean, Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist. “Canola was probably the most disappointing crop from many perspectives and I think because of the disease pressure and the higher temperatures.”
He said canola was the hardest hit crop with the most problems this year. It had a higher disease rate and lower yields because of the heat. He said canola was affected provincially and locally.
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