Producers now have 89 per cent of the 2012 crop combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report for the week of September 18 to 24. Eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine. The five-year (2007-2011) provincial average for this time of year is 70 per cent combined and 21 per cent swathed or ready to straight combine.
The southeast has 95 per cent combined; the southwest 97 per cent; the east central region 88 per cent; the west central region 85 per cent; the northeast 83 per cent and the northwest 82 per cent. Eighty-nine per cent of spring wheat; 94 per cent of durum; 92 per cent of barley; 88 per cent of canola and 51 per cent of flax has been combined.
Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 43 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 26 per cent very short.
Pasture conditions across the province are rated as five per cent excellent, 41 per cent good, 32 per cent fair, 15 per cent poor and seven per cent very poor. Ninety per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.
Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, harrowing fields and controlling weeds.