Sask. crops behind normal but improving

Crop conditions across Saskatchewan have improved in the past week, with 64 per cent of the province’s crops reported in “good” condition, according to the provincial ag ministry’s crop report.

Wheat is reported in 51 per cent good and 36 per cent fair condition, while winter wheat is reported as 56 per cent good and 37 per cent fair, the province said Friday. Canola is reported as 43 per cent good and 42 per cent fair; peas are 55 per cent good and 33 per cent fair.

On average, the province said, 58 per cent of fall-seeded crops are behind normal in development. Seventy-three per cent of spring cereals and 80 per cent of oilseeds are behind normal. Sixty-eight per cent of pulse crops are behind normal in development.

Cropland topsoil moisture, meanwhile, is reported as 61 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and six per cent very short, generally marking a decline in topsoil moisture conditions from last week.

Hayland and pasture moisture conditions are reported as 49 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and nine per cent very short.

Pastures are being reported as 27 per cent in good condition, 43 per cent in fair condition, and 27 per cent in poor and very poor condition, the province reported.

The province reported 96 per cent of the Saskatchewan hay crop is still standing.

Scattered showers were experienced in some areas of the province in the past week, but parts of the west-central district are still in “severe” need of moisture and the lack of moisture has stunted some crops in the area, the ag ministry said, noting other regions in the province also need rain.

And dry conditions also remain the cause of the majority of crop damage seen in the province, the ag ministry reported. Grasshopper and gopher damage have also been reported, with cutworms “still evident” in the province’s northern cropping regions.

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