Sask crops rated fair to excellent in latest crop report


The majority of Saskatchewan crops this week are in fair to excellent condition.

The latest provincial crop report says rainfall was received throughout the province, with the highest amount of 116 millimeters near Neilburg, about 550 kilometers northwest of Regina.

The moisture continued to support crop development, but high amounts of rain in parts of the west-central and northern regions caused local flooding.

Topsoil moisture is rated six percent surplus, 85 percent adequate, six percent short and three percent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to flooding, hail, wind, lack of moisture, lodging, gophers and insects.

There are reports of crop diseases in most regions of the province, including root rot and ascochyta blight in pulses.

Some farmers are spraying for fusarium head blight and other diseases.

The rain has caused delays in haying, which is 13 percent cut and 11 percent baled or put into silage.

Hay quality is rated five percent excellent, 65 percent good, 25 percent fair and five percent poor.

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