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Crop Report – for Oct. 23, 2008

Report for Oct. 20, 2008

Southwest

Average yields and grades are as follows:

Wheat yielded 40 to 50 bu/ac; 75% graded 2CW. Barley yielded 75-90 bu/ac; about 20% is malt quality. Oats averaged 90-100 bu/ ac and all grading 2 or 3CW.

Canola averaged 40-45 bu/ac grades of #1CAN. Flax averaged 25-30 bu/ac and #1CAN. Peas averaged 25 35 bu/ac and all grading #1.

Winter wheat acres have dropped considerably. Forage yields in general are 50-70% of normal.

Northwest

Wheat averaged 50 bu/ac and a grade of 2CW; Barley averaged 90 bu/ac and graded 1CW. Oats: average 105 bu/ac., with most grading 1CW and 2CW.

Canola averaged 50 bu/ac; about 80% graded 1Can. Flax: averaged 24 bu/ac, with most grading 1Can and some 2Can. About 60% of the flax in the North Parkland area remains in the field.

Winter wheat and fall rye acres are down. Hayfields and pasture lands are mostly in good condition.

Central

Yields and grades are as follows:

Spring wheat averaged 45 bu/ ac. Fields treated with fungicide benefited from yield increases, but not necessarily quality improvement.

Winter wheat averaged of 70-80 bu/ac. There was significant downgrading due to sprouting.

Barley averaged of 75-80 bu/ac. Quality is good, with up to 30% reporting malt designation.

Oats averaged 105 bu/ac. Quality was good.

Rye: average of 60-70 bu/ac. Canola yields were variable, ranging from 20-60 bu/ac. Most graded #1CAN. Flax: range of 6-40 bu/ac.

Peas: range of 30-60 bu/ac, averaging around 40 bu/ac. Generally good quality. Edible beans: widely variable yields.

Soybeans: Yields vary from 25-50+ bu/ac, averaging around 30 bu/ac. Quality is excellent.

Potato harvest is nearly done. Yields range from 220-350+ cwt. Quality is good.

Early sunflower harvest yield reports range from 5002000 lbs/ ac; seed weight seems to be lower than other years. Grain corn harvest is just starting.

Winter wheat acreage is average. Decisions were influenced by the later canola harvest.

Late-season haying has been able to partially make up for the delayed/poor first cut for livestock producers.

Eastern

No corn has seen a combine yet. Excessive soil moisture is limiting field work in some areas. There will be less winter wheat grown.

Spring wheat: average yield of 44 bu/ac; grade breakdown was wide. Winter wheat: average yield of 75 bu/ac with 30-40% grading 1 or 2CW and 60-70% grading Feed. Barley: average yield of 78 bu/ac with 20-100% grading 2CW and up to 80% grading Feed. Oats: average yield of 115 bu/ac with 75-100% grading 1 or 2CW, up to 20% grading 3CW and up to 5% grading 4CW.

Canola: average yield of 43 bu/ ac with most grading #1CAN. Flax: average yield of 23 bu/ac with 50-100% grading 1CAN and up to 50% grading 2CAN.

Average soybean yield has been 37 bu/ac, with the crop grading 1 and 2CAN. Sunflower yields as high as 2,400 lb/ac being reported.

Significant acres of corn, sunflower and soybeans must still be harvested.

Hayland is in good to excellent condition; pastures are rated as excellent. Feed supplies in the region are adequate to above average and quality is average to excellent.

Interlake

Significant acreage remains unharvested in the north.

In the north, harvest progress is as follows:

Wheat: 30-45 bu/ac 15% 2CW, 60% 3CW, 25% CW Feed.

Oats: 45-100 bu/ac 75% 3CW, 25% 4CW.

Barley: 40-75 bu/ac 10% low vomitoxin, 90% high vomitoxin.

Canola: Yields vary from 5-40 bu/ac 85% 1CAN, 15% 2CAN (most downgrades due to sprouting).

Flax: 75% completed, with yields about 20 bu/ac 80% 1CW, 20% 2CW.

Peas: 90 % completed. Yields near 50 bu/ac depending on variety and grades; mostly Canada Feed due to sprouting.

Soybeans: 20% completed all grading 1CAN.

In the south, harvest is nearly completed:

Spring wheat: 48 bu/ac 30% 2CW, 50% 3CW, 20% CW Feed.

Oats: 110 bu/ac 30% 2CW, 50% 3CW, 20% 4CW.

Barley: 82 bu/ac 10% Malt, 50% 1CW, 40% 2CW.

Winter wheat crops were affected by sprouting and fusarium head blight due to untimely rains at harvest. Average yield was 74 bu/ac.

All canola and flax crops are expected to grade 1CAN. Average yield for canola is 40 bu/ac and the average yield for flax is 31 bu/ac.

Corn silage has yielded above average. There is less winter wheat and fall rye sown.

Winter feed supplies are short for producers on marginal soils in the Interlake. Wet conditions have left many hayfields unharvested for 2008. Fall feeding of livestock has increased this year by 20%.

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