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Warm weather helping crops as harvesting begins in some areas

Information from the latest crop report, for the period of July 28 to Aug. 3
agronomist in field

Farmers continue to benefit from warm weather, with harvest operations already underway in some areas of the province.

According to the latest crop report, some farmers have been desiccating pulse crops.

Thanks to the heat, most farmers believe their crops are at their normal development stage.

Unfortunately, there was little rainfall in Saskatchewan last week. More rain is needed, particularly as much of the cereals and pulses are in the seeding filling stages.

The combination of a lack of moisture and warm temperatures had an effect on provincial topsoil moisture levels. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 57 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short, and 10 per cent very short. 

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 44 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short, and 19 per cent very short.

Provincially, pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 34 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 17 per cent poor, and seven per cent very poor. 

The majority of pastures in the west-central and northern regions are rated as fair-to-good condition.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online.