WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – Crops in Saskatchewan are continuing to develop fast with some areas still in need of moisture, according to the latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture released July 26.
Many pulse crops and winter cereals in drier areas are rapidly drying down, with producers having begun desiccation treatments. Some producers are expecting to start harvesting in the next few weeks.
The majority of Saskatchewan crops are still in fair to excellent condition, depending on the amount of moisture they’ve received lately. Rainfall across the province ranged from nothing to 71 mm in the Craik area, between Regina and Saskatoon. Many areas in the southern and central regions remain very dry and are in need of significant rainfall.
Topsoil moisture conditions are mostly unchanged from the previous week. Moisture conditions are rated at two per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at one per cent surplus, 44 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.
Around 63 per cent of the provincial hay crop has now been baled or put into silage. There is still 19 per cent that is cut and ready to bale. Hay yields are significantly lower this year, with the quality currently rated at four per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and six per cent poor.
The majority of crop damage this week was due to hot temperatures, strong winds, hail, localized flooding and lack of rain. There have been some reports of grasshoppers.