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Heat helps farmers catch up in harvest

Hot weather over the last week in Saskatchewan has helped farmers catch up on harvest.

Last week, it was reported that only five per cent of the province’s crops had been combined, which was a long way from the five-year average of 14 per cent.

However, this week the Ministry of Agriculture reported that producers had about 14 per cent of the crop combined, just five per cent shy of the five-year average for this time of year. And many farmers have said they’re looking at a bumper crop.

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Crop report: Late harvest, but good yield

It’s better late than never.

Harvest in Saskatchewan has begun with 5 per cent of the province’s crops already in the bag. But that’s behind the five year average for this time of year, which is normally at about 15 per cent combined. And about 14 per cent of the province’s crops have been swathed or prepared for harvest, which is about 6 per cent lower than the average.

Luckily, some warm weather this week kept producers from any further delays in their harvest, which has been hampered with setbacks since this spring.

Weekly crop report shows mixed results for farmers

The province says harvest is lagging behind this year despite the recent warm weather.

The weekly update from the Ministry of Agriculture finds that all regions have begun harvesting. Only five per cent of this year's crop has been combined, however, falling short of the five-year average of 15 per cent. A further 14 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut, also behind the five-year average of 22 per cent.

There is positive news, however. Most areas have reported above-average yields and a dearth of rain the last week has helped speed up crop development.

Harvest for Hunger tries to break world record

Nothing says Saskatchewan like an old fashioned threshing.

Harvest for Hunger took place on a farm near Langenburg Saturday bringing together hundreds of farmers and interested people to watch as a world record was broken.

Forty-one old threshing machines were hauled in by hobbyists from across Western Canada, and even from the United States, to break the previous record of 29 threshing machines running at once.

Harvest has begun in Saskatchewan

Thanks to the warm weather over the past week, crop development has advanced to a point where farmers can begin harvesting.

Daphne Cruise, regional crop specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said the northeastern part of the province is starting to see desiccation of the pulses in the area.

Sask. cattle producers await audit results on popular feed additive

Feedlot operators in Saskatchewan could be looking at lower returns in the wake of a decision by a U.S. drug-maker.

Merck & Co. is halting sales of its Zilmax feed additive after Tyson Foods decided to stop taking cows fed with it at its American packing plants. The chemical, fed to animals a few weeks before slaughter, can add as much as 30 pounds of useable meat to a carcass.

Floating Gardens in Osler see record year in production and sales

The Floating Gardens in Osler, Sask. are preparing for winter after a record-breaking summer in production and sales.

The greenhouse, located on a half-acre of land in the town just north of Saskatoon, was a dream project of brother-sister duo Rachel and Chris Buhler.

"We were interested in doing a project. We came across this article that struck us that said Saskatchewan grows about four and a half to five per cent of its own fruit and vegetables. Whereas Manitoba and Alberta are about 40 per cent," Chris said.

Government chopper encounters mechanical failure; lands safely

A close call last Thursday for a government contracted helicopter patrolling the forest near Pelican Narrows.

Steve Roberts, executive director with the Wildfire Management Program said the aircraft experienced an in-flight mechanical problem which forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in the forest.

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