Barley harvest is slowly moving forward and is now roughly 25-30% complete. Warmer weather this past week helped advance the harvest but this region is still struggling with too much moisture and cool conditions. There is not much known on the early harvested barley quality with the exception that the early yields are averaging 65-70 bushels per acre.
Barley harvest is advancing quickly throughout the province. At this time at least 80% of the barley crop should be in the bin. There were a few interruptions due to some rains over the last 10 days, however compared to last crop year, this has been a much better experience. More warm dry weather is in the forecast for this week which will permit the barley harvest to get close to wrapping up for this year. Overall, the barley quality have been good to excellent with most areas averaging yields of over 80 bushels per acre. Protein levels are in the 11.0-13.5% range and the major of the barley is over 90% plump. There should be a high percentage of acceptable malt barley available for the domestic and export the malt barley market. As always there has been some acres lost to hail which was punitive in the Northeast Region.
Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )
Barley harvest is done on this region. Due to the hot dry conditions that farmers harvested this year there was a higher frequency of field and combine fires. It is worth noting that this region suffered through their fourth driest August on record. A good rain after the end of harvest would be of great benefit to recharge the soil moisture before freeze up. The yields have been averaging 70 bushels per acre and the quality has been good.
Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )
Harvest progress has been a challenge in this region due to the wet conditions that have persisted throughout the crop year and again into harvest. Good dry conditions the pass week moved along harvest and with the exception of a Sunday rain event, the forecast is for a rain-free warm dry week into next ten days which will greatly advance the barley harvest. To date, the barley quality has been good with yields with over 80 bushels per acre, protein levels in the 12 to 13.5% range and the plump over 85%. Some of the barley harvested has been stored in either aeration or in the dryer to reduce the moisture level.
West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
Over 60% of the barley acres have been harvested in the Kindersley and Rosetown area and close to 75% of the barley harvest has been completed in the Saskatoon area. Some nuisance rains have delayed harvest in the last two weeks and there was a rain event this Sunday which will keep the farmers out of the fields until mid week. There is dry weather in the forecast for the next week which should bring the barley harvest to a conclusion for this year. The overall results of the Rosetown and Kindersley barley are good quality with a protein range of 12-13.5% and plumps averaging over 90%. The early yields are averaging over 90 bushels per acre with a number of fields topping over 100 bushels per acre.
Southeast Region- ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )
Over 80% of the barley acres have been harvested and with a forecast of warm dry weather for this week, harvest advancement should climb to 90% by the end of this weekend. Yields have been good with the Weyburn area registering 80 bushels per acre yields and the Moosomin area is averaging 90-100 bushels per acre. The quality has been good with the protein average of early harvested barley at 11-12.8% and the plump registering over 90%.
Northeast Region- ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
Harvest at times has been a challenge in this region due to a number of rain events that have slowed down harvest activity. However, the farmers have been persistent and have managed to get 90% of the barley crop harvested in this region. Some of the tonnage will have to be dried as it was combined tough. A large percentage of the barley was swathed and farmers were justifiably concerned that the nuisance rains and strong wind storms would adversely affect yields and the quality of the barley, so they chose to harvest some of the barley at elevated moisture levels. Since virtually all the farms have dryers in this region, the barley will get dried or stored in a aeration bin. The forecast for this week is for warm, dry temperatures which should permit the last barley acres to be harvested.
East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
This region has enjoyed warm dry conditions for the pass week and are forecast to have warm dry weather for the next week. Barley harvest should be close to finished this week. Some of the barley will have to be dried as it was harvested a little tough. The overall results are good quality with average early yield reports of 75 bushels per acre. There are some fields that yielded over 100 bushels. Some farmers are a little disappointed with their yields as early yields looked like 90-100 bushels per acre but the August heat blast nipped some yield off the crop. Overall there is a good barley crop coming from this region.
The barley harvest has come to an end in the southern and central regions. Overall the quality is good and the yields have been above average.
Southwest Region- ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain )
Barley harvest is finished in this region.The yields have been in the 80-90 bushel per acre range.
Central Region ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Barley harvest is all done in this region. Yields ranged from 70-120 bushels per acre and protein levels are in the 12 to 13.5% range.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin )
The weather conditions have not been ideal for the barley harvest. It has been wet which has resulted in slow harvest progress. With better weather this past week, farmers were able to push harvest progress forward.