Two-thirds of Saskatchewan crops at normal pace of growth

MarketsFarm — Although a significant portion of Saskatchewan crops is behind in development at this point in the summer, a good majority of crops are on a normal pace.

In the provincial agriculture ministry’s crop report for the period of July 9-15, fall and spring cereals rated 63 per cent normal, while 28 and 35 per cent behind respectively. Pulse crops came in at 73 per cent normal and 25 behind. However, oilseeds ranked 53 per cent normal and 46 behind.

Wild weather inflicted some crop damage with hail, strong winds, and a lack of moisture. Also, aphids and grasshoppers are among the insects that have caused problems. Diseases as well have set in, with pulses incurring root rot, fusarium head blight in cereals, and sclerotinia in canola.

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Hay quality across Saskatchewan rated 42 per cent good and 42 per cent fair. About 13 per cent of hay has been cut, with eight per cent baled or put into silage.

In the southeastern region, crop growth was a little ahead of the provincial average, with fall and spring cereals about 10 points up on the normal rating. Thunderstorms dropped from trace amounts of rain up to 90 millimeters. Cropland topsoil moisture was 82 per cent adequate. Topsoil moisture in pastures and hay lands were 86 per cent adequate.

Crops in the southwestern region were also mostly in line with the provincial average for normal, except for oilseeds which rated 69 per cent normal and 30 per cent behind. From trace amounts to 60 mm of rain was received. Cropland soil moisture was 90 per cent adequate and pasture/hay land topsoil moisture was 82 per cent adequate.

In the east-central region cereals were 50 to 53 per cent normal and 44 to 49 behind. Oilseeds were 37 per cent normal to 62 behind and pulses were close to par with the province-wide numbers. The region received from trace amounts of precipitation to 52 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture was 82 per cent adequate, while 78 per cent adequate for pasture/hay land.

Cereals in the west-central region were behind the provincial ratings, with fall cereals at 50 per cent normal and spring cereals at 60 per cent normal. Oilseeds and pulses were very close to the provincial ratings. The region had small amounts of rain to 45 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture was 71 per cent adequate with pasture/hay land topsoil moisture at 52 per cent adequate.

Fall cereals in the northeastern region were 24 per cent ahead to 63 normal, while spring cereals were 73 normal and 23 behind. Oilseeds were 55 per cent normal, with pulses at 77. Precipitation amounted to four to 35 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture was 90 adequate and pasture/hay land was 80 per cent adequate.

Northwestern Saskatchewan saw its cereals rated as 60 to 67 per cent normal, oilseeds at 63 and pulses at 76. Precipitation was eight to 42 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture was 85 per cent adequate and pasture/hay land was 82 per cent adequate.

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