Latest Sask crop report says recent moisture will improve crop growth but more rain is welcome

 

The latest crop report says recent rainfall has helped relieve extremely dry conditions across the Saskatchewan grainbelt.

Provincial crops analyst Cory Jacob says rainfall totals reached 114 millimeters near Swift Current, 111 millimeters near Moose jaw, 65 millimeters around Regina and 98 millimeters near Shaunavon.

But he says more moisture will be needed, especially in July.

Jacob says hot weather will result in crops needing more moisture.

He says crop development is a bit behind normal but the moisture will speed up crop and weed growth.

He says its getting late for in crop weed spraying so farmers may face some weed problems during the season.

He says topsoil moisture is rated 4 percent surplus, 81 percent adequate, 14 percent short and 1 percent very short.

Jacob says the main causes of crop loss this past week were lack of moisture, low-spot flooding and insects.

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