Sask crop re­port looks good

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FARM NEWS -

Saskatchew­an Agri­cul­ture

Ar­eas that re­ceived rain and warm weather the past few weeks have re­ported that crops are look­ing bet­ter (for the Pe­riod June 23 to 29).

The re­duc­tion in wind has al­lowed farm­ers to make progress spray­ing her­bi­cides, and they have shifted their fo­cus to scout­ing for dis­ease and ap­ply­ing fungi­cides in some ar­eas.

In the south­west, 82 per cent of the fall ce­re­als, 83 per cent of the spring ce­re­als, 89 per cent of the oilseed crops and 89 per cent of the pulse crops are at a nor­mal stage of de­vel­op­ment for this time of year. Crop con­di­tions range from fair to ex­cel­lent in the re­gion, with 87 per cent of the spring wheat, 84 per cent of the du­rum, 81 per cent of the canola and 91 per cent of the lentils be­ing in good to ex­cel­lent con­di­tion at this time.

Most of the south­west re­gion re­ceived rain­fall this week. The Ben­gough area re­ceived the high­est amount of rain in the re­gion with 58 mm. The Ad­mi­ral and Blu­men­hof ar­eas re­ceived nine mm, the Mort­lach area 12 mm, the Con­sul area 22.4 mm, the Kyle area 25 mm, the Moss­bank area 26 mm and the Leader area 40 mm. The Gould­town area has re­ceived the most pre­cip­i­ta­tion in the re­gion since April 1 (209.3 mm).

Mois­ture con­di­tions have im­proved in the south­west re­gion due to rain­fall and lim­ited amount of wind. Cro­p­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as one per cent sur­plus, 81 per cent ad­e­quate, 17 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay and pas­ture land top­soil mois­ture is rated as 65 per cent ad­e­quate, 27 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

Haying re­cently be­gan in the re­gion. Two per cent of the hay crop has now been cut and one per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay qual­ity is rated as six per cent ex­cel­lent, 63 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and six per cent poor. Farm­ers have re­ported that lim­ited rain at the start of the sea­son has led to shorter hay crops and pas­ture, and they are notic­ing re­duced yields in some ar­eas.

The ma­jor­ity of crop dam­age this week was from go­phers, dry con­di­tions in some ar­eas, flea bee­tles, and dis­eases such as an­thrac­nose, as­cochyta blight and root rots.

Farm­ers are busy start­ing to hay, scout­ing for dis­ease and wrap­ping up her­bi­cide ap­pli­ca­tions.

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