Sask crops advancing but weather causing some problems


The latest provincial report says crop development is generally good but there are some dry areas in the Western grainbelt.

Provincial crops extension specialist Shannon Friesen says some crops in western Saskatchewan are prematurely advancing due to drought and will not be able recover with recent rainfall.

Widespread rain ranged from trace amounts to 67 millimeters in the Vanguard area.

There are reports of localized flooding due to heavy downpours in some areas of the southeast.

Topsoil moisture is rated 9 percent surplus, 71 percent adequate, 18 percent short and 2 percent very short.

Crop damage this past week was caused by localized flooding, strong winds, extremely dry soil conditions, hail and leaf spot diseases.

Grasshopper populations have drastically increased in many areas and gophers continue to cause damage in many fields.

Haying is underway with 8 percent cut and three percent baled or put into silage.

Hay quality is rated 19 percent excellent, 62 percent good, 16 percent fair and 3 percent poor.

Recent rain will improve hay crops, although yields continue to be lower than average.


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