Development behind normal for many Saskatchewan crops: report

MarketsFarm – Development for roughly a third of the spring cereals and nearly half of the oilseed crops in Saskatchewan are behind normal, according to the latest provincial crop report.

About 55 per cent of the canola crop is at its normal stage of development, with 44 per cent behind. Spring cereals are at 67 per cent normal and 31 per cent behind, while 69 per cent of the pulses are normal and 29 per cent behind, according to the report.

Some crops are one to two weeks behind in development, “which may be of significance depending on the weather during harvest and when the first fall frost occurs,” said the report.

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Haying continued to progress in the province, with 20 per cent of the hay crop cut and 25 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality was rated as four per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 32 per cent fair and 17 per cent poor. Hay yields were well below normal for many producers and will be in short supply this year in several areas.

Rainfall was variable during the week. Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland was rated as three per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture was rated as one per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and two per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage during the week was from localized flooding, strong winds, hail and insects such as grasshoppers and aphids. There were reports of disease issues in pulse crops.

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