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Two weeks with no harvest progress

Agriculture.com Staff 09/29/2006 @ 8:26am

In western Canada, it is raining again today, and one's patience is running thin as we have now been sitting for over two weeks with no harvest activity at all.

Oh yes, Saskatchewan Ag and Food is spouting off how 92% of the crop has been harvested and what's out there now is just late-seeded crops. Well, in our area, If you seed 10,000 acres, you have close to 3,500 to go; if you seed 7,000, you have 1,800 to go; if it's 1,600, you have 300 to go. So yes, there is a third of the crop out in eastern Saskatchewan and north.

In this area, it is canola and no Sask Ag and Food, it's not average yields that are left -- it's the big crop that is left. Right now, over 2 million acres are out in the field and 2 million weren't seeded. That takes 4 million acres out of the equation and there's a big drop in total yield.

Why am I worried? Because every time we get ready to go, it either rains heavily in an hour or the next day. So far this week, we missed any substantial rain. With Friday's forecast, we could have been going by Saturday. Well, it has just rained half an inch again and we are done until Monday -- just in time for next rain event.

What a joke Sask Ag and Food is with their crop reporting. It seems this agency is set up to make the city people believe that all is okay on the farm and it's only the slow inefficient farmer that is left. I was suppose to attend a government meeting in Regina recently and when I told the lady I would be still harvesting and declined, she couldn't believe that I had so much to harvest, yet what was I doing wrong?

When Canadian agriculture is in the situation it's in and crop forecasting can't even be done right, there is no wonder why the Canadian farmer's back is against the wall.

In western Canada, it is raining again today, and one's patience is running thin as we have now been sitting for over two weeks with no harvest activity at all.

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