Harvest starts early in southwest Saskatchewan

By Brian Konrad
July 28, 2017 - 6:11am Updated: July 28, 2017 - 9:03am

REGINA, SK - Harvest has started earlier than normal in southwest Saskatchewan - due to the extremely dry conditions.
 
Yields on winter cereals and pulses are significantly lower than normal.
 
Crops have been damaged by high temperatures and a lack of rain - as well as strong winds, hail and the usual insect pests.
 
Many crops are heat stressed  with several areas receiving not much more than 2 to 3 inches of rain since April 1st.
 
Topsoil moisture in southwest Saskatchewan is either short or very short  with only 7 per cent reported as adequate.
 
It's not much better for hay and pastureland either.
 

Harvest underway with a variety of yields in southwest Saskatchewan