Crops continue to develop across the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Sixty-three per cent of the fall and spring cereals, 53 per cent of the oilseeds, and 73 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. Crop conditions vary throughout the province, but the majority are in poor-to-good condition.
Wild weather this past week brought hail, severe winds and some crop damage to areas of the province. Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 90 mm in the Frobisher area. The Kyle area reported 60 mm, the Saltcoats area 22 mm, the Biggar area 28 mm, the Hudson Bay area 12 mm and the Glaslyn area 13 mm. Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and one per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short, and one per cent very short.
Livestock producers continue haying and now have 13 per cent of the crop cut and eight per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as three per cent excellent, 42 per cent good, 42 per cent fair and 13 per cent poor. Producers are indicating that hay yields are below average and that some will need to find alternative feed sources. While pasture growth has occurred since the rainfall, some livestock producers have indicated they may still have a reduced carrying capacity.
Sources of crop damage this week include localized flooding, strong winds, hail, lack of moisture and insects such as grasshoppers and aphids. There are reports of disease issues in pulse crops caused by root rot. Some producers have been spraying for diseases such as fusarium head blight in cereal crops and sclerotinia in canola where environmental conditions warrant application.
Farmers are busy haying and scouting for insects and disease.