Crop Re­port: July 11 to 17

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FARM & RANCH TODAY -

hay will be in short sup­ply this year in some ar­eas.

Hay yields are be­low av­er­age over­all. Es­ti­mated av­er­age dry­land hay yields for the prov­ince are 1.2 tons per acre for al­falfa; 1.0 ton per acre for al­falfa/ bromegrass; 0.96 tons per acre for other tame hay; and 1.4 tons per acre for green­feed. Es­ti­mated av­er­age ir­ri­gated hay yields are 1.9 tons per acre for al­falfa; 2.0 tons per acre for al­falfa/ bromegrass; and 1.8 tons per acre for green­feed.

The ma­jor­ity of the prov­ince re­ceived very lit­tle, if any, rain this past week; how­ever, the Pelly area re­ported re­ceiv­ing 60 mm. Many ar­eas have not re­ceived any sig­nif­i­cant rain for a num­ber of weeks. Top­soil mois­ture is quickly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and rain is needed for crops to fill and for top­soil to be re­plen­ished.

Across the prov­ince, top­soil mois­ture on crop­land is rated as three per cent sur­plus, 32 per cent ad­e­quate, 43 per cent short and 22 per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as three per cent sur­plus, 26 per cent ad­e­quate, 37 per cent short and 34 per cent very short.

Sources of crop dam­age this past week in­clude hail, wind, lo­cal­ized flood­ing, dis­eases such as scle­ro­tinia and in­sects such as aphids and wheat midge. The high tem­per­a­tures have caused heat blast­ing dam­age in many flow­er­ing canola crops.

Pro­duc­ers are hay­ing, scout­ing pests and get­ting ready for har­vest.

A com­plete re­port is avail­able on­line at www.pub­li­ca­tions.gov.sk.ca/ doc­u­ments/20/100034-Crop%20 Re­port%20for%20the%20Pe­riod%20 July%2011%20to%2017%202017.pdf. for

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