Snow hurts crop grades

October 2, 2014

“In Lafleche, Sask Wheat Pool agent Bill Ellis said the grain dropped one grade after the first snowfall and there was a weight loss of four to five lbs. per bushel.”

When I think about snow in October, I think about Hallowe’en in Manitoba. From the time I was a small child going trick or treating in Victoria Beach on Lake Winnipeg to the days when I stood in high rubber boots on Simcoe St. in Winnipeg while my son Luke went door-to-door for goodies, I remember it always being the first snowfall.

No wonder Prairie people are so hardy.

If you happen to be a Prairie farmer, snow in the fall can mean serious damage to your crops. This, of course, means taking a nosedive financially. Read on:

Gravelbourg Gazette
October 26, 1982
Snow hurts crop grades
by Tanya Lester

Although little grain has been delivered to the area’s elevators since the second snowfall, elevator agents contacted said the result of the first snow was a reduction in grades. In some cases, weight loss was also indicated.

Dave Tindall of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in Gravelbourg said the first snow caused, on the average, a two grade drop. The bushel per acre rate was not affected. Mr. Tindall said if the weather stays dry for the next couple of weeks the some 2000 acres still on the fields in the Gravelbourg area should be harvested.

In Lafleche, Sask Wheat Pool agent Bill Ellis said the grain dropped one grade after the first snowfall and there was a weight loss of four to five lbs. per bushel. He said little grain has been brought in since the most recent snowfall. If it stays dry, Mr. Ellis said, the 1000 acres now left on the fields should be able to be brought into the elevator.

Jim Laboccetta, the Pioneer Grain Co. agent in Glentworth, said two grades had been lost as well as frost damage to the grain due to the first snow. Weight loss, according to Mr. Laboccetta, was anywhere from nil to five bushels per acre. He said he is hoping the 3000 acres or approximately five per cent of the year’s crops which are still on the field will be harvested.

In Shamrock, Dale Coward, Sask Wheat Pool elevator agent, indicated that the first snow resulted in a two to three grade drop. There was also a slight weight loss in that area. Mr. Coward said there was no crop let on the fields by the second snowfall.

Bill Gibson, Mankota’s Sask Wheat pool agent, had a one to two grade drop with a weight loss of three to four lbs. per bushel. He said by the second snowfall, there were virtually no crops left on the fields. Mr. Gibson said about 300 acres might be left in the Mankota area.

In Mossbank, Rudy Bassendowski, of Sask Wheat Pool, said the first snow had cause the grade to drop from a one to a two and in some cases to a three. He said weight loss was about five lbs. to the bushel or three bushels to the acre. Mr. Bassendowski said 90 per cent of the crops were in by the second snowfall.

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