Saskatchewan crops above average

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s crop report for the week ending July 27 says pre-harvest crop production estimates indicate that farmers are expected to harvest 25.35 million tonnes of grains, oilseeds and specialty crops.

However, crop reporters said crops are still one to two weeks behind normal for this time of year.

This estimate, if realized, would result in a crop that is eight per cent above 2007 production, and seven per cent above the 10-year average. Yield projections will continue to be monitored throughout the harvest period and new estimates will be provided if production estimates change significantly. Statistics Canada’s July production estimate will be released on August 22.

The report said harvest operations are just getting underway, with some spring wheat and fall rye swathed in the southwest. There is yield variability both at the local and regional levels. Many crop reporters indicate that they will have a better read on yields once combines are in the field.

Topsoil moisture conditions remained similar to last week with 79 per cent of the crop land and 71 per cent of the hay and pasture land reported as having adequate topsoil moisture.
Fifty-six per cent of the first-cut hay crop has been baled or put into silage. To date, none of the second-cut hay crop has been baled or put into silage, and almost three-quarters of those reporting indicated they do not expect a second cut of hay in their district.

Pasture conditions have improved since the end of May. Fifty-eight per cent of reporters rated pastures as good to excellent, compared with 22 per cent providing that rating in May.

Livestock water supplies have also improved since the end of May, with 89 per cent reporting adequate supplies, compared with 79 per cent in May.

Insects caused the most crop damage during the past week. Other sources of damage included flooding, hail, wind, drought, disease and gophers.

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