Very favorable weather conditions are expected to continue across the Canadian Prairies during the next week or so helping harvest to accelerate and in some cases wrap up. Mostly sporadic shower activity and near to above normal temperatures were recorded across most of western and central Canada during the past week. Rather warm temperatures during the Labor Day weekend were followed by seasonably cool weather during the recent days but not cool enough to produce frost or freezing temperatures at night.
Harvest progress is reported to be excellent across the region with spring cereal harvest already coming to a close across some areas. Winter wheat harvest has pretty much come to a close. Seeding of the new winter wheat crop is taking place in some areas, especially across Manitoba and southwest Saskatchewan where canola harvest has wrapped up early for some farmers. As of September 4 canola harvest was reported at 50 to 100% complete across Manitoba.
Weather conditions will include mostly dry weather and generally warmer than normal temperatures across the Prairies during the next week. A brief cool down is expected next Tuesday or Wednesday and may be preceded by a few light showers. There is some potential of some windy weather early next week which could hamper swathed fields and combine operations.
Soil moisture levels remain mostly in the adequate category for many areas but the amount of acreage in short supply of moisture will increase with anticipated dry weather. As we move deeper into the fall season there will be some need for increased precipitation to help in winter wheat establishment and to help replenish soil moisture reserves.