Crop development has been progressing quickly in the last few weeks due to the hot and dry temperatures we saw for most of July. 

Regional Crop Specialist out of Outlook, Kaeley Kindrachuk said she already saw some producers swathing peas and combining lentils as early as last week. 

"Coming up to work this morning there's definitely some canola that's been swathed also." Kindrachuk said. "So it's not long now before we're gonna see quite a few combines rolling."

She said the rain we had over the weekend has caused some delays.

"The rain has slowed us down maybe a day or two, depending on where the moisture was. But with the coming heat, we'll certainly see combines rolling."

The forecast shows temperatures will be on the rise towards the end of the week, and Meteorologist John Paul Cragg with Environment Canada said it will likely stay that way for the rest of August. 

"Our long term forecast models are showing August to be generally above average in terms of temperatures," Cragg said. "So there's a good chance that we'll start to see a switch from these coolers temperatures we've been experiencing for the first week, week and a half, to warmer temperatures to finish off the month."

In terms of crop yields, Kindrachuk said our area is more fortunate than some to the south. 

"Our area might see closer to average (yields)," Kindrachuk said. "it's further south where things are quite a bit dry that they have problems. That depends on where the showers were and how much moisture was in the ground starting in the year.  So we should see average yields, but it's just too soon to tell."

Insect pressures are still a concern among producers according to Kindrachuk, though the numbers of insects varies greatly from field to field. 

"There's still some insect pressure from diamondback moths and I've heard a little bit from grasshoppers and some rumblings of bertha's but those are definitely field specific. The numbers of the larvae that do the damage vary like crazy between locations in a field, so everything needs to be assessed on a field to field basis."

Kindrachuk said we'll be seeing harvest activity really pick up in the next couple weeks, with farmers swathing peas and canola and combining winter wheat, fall rye, lentils, peas and earlier seeded spring wheat.

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