Sask crops advance rapidly as farmers prepare for harvest

  Saskatchewan crops are advancing quickly due to recent rain and warm weather across much of the grainbelt.The latest provincial crop report says most crops are near normal development.

Some crops in southern areas are starting to dry-down and some harvest operations are expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Rainfall was varied with many regions receiving half an inch or 12 millimeters.

The Kuroki area in the east central region had the greatest amount of rain this past week at 51 millimeters or two inches.

Topsoil moisture is rated four percent surplus, 84 percent adequate, 11 percent short and one percent very short.

Crop damage this past week was caused by localized flooding, hail, strong winds and lack of moisture.

Diseases like root rot and leaf spots are being scouted while insects like grasshoppers are being sprayed.

Many farmers continue to spray fungicides on crops and getting equipment ready for harvest.

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