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Crops still behind in development

The latest from the province's crop report, for the week of July 2-8
Crop Report Jul 3
(photo supplied by Government of Saskatchewan)

A combination of warm weather and moisture has helped farmers, but some crops are still lagging behind in terms of development.

According to the latest crop report, crop conditions vary across the province, with most in poor-to-good condition.  

Sixty-seven per cent of the fall cereals and 32 per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage. Thirty-eight per cent of canola and mustard and 54 per cent of pulse crops are flowering.

Seven per cent of the hay crop is cut with three per cent baled or put into silage. Quality is rated one per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 33 per cent fair, and 19 per cent poor.

Because of the lack of rain this spring, swaths may be much smaller than typical. Moreover, pastures are expected to have a reduced carrying capacity. 

Pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 38 per cent good, 42 per cent fair, 15 per cent poor, and two per cent very poor.

Across the province, rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 92 mm last week. Some crops were damaged by strong winds and hail. 

Overall, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short, and one per cent very short.  

Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short, and two per cent very short.

A complete version of the crop report is available online.