Saskatchewan livestock producers continue to make good haying progress and now have 73 per cent of the hay crop cut. Fifty one per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.
Haying progress varies across the province, ranging from 81 per cent cut in the southwest to 40 per cent cut in the northwest. Seventy-eight per cent of the hay crop is cut in the southeast, 79 per cent in east-central, 76 per cent in west-central and 80 per cent in the northeast.
Sixty-two per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage in the southwest, 57 per cent in east-central, 54 per cent in the northeast, west-central and southeast and 19 per cent in the northwest.
Eighty-six per cent of the hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality, 13 per cent is rated as fair and one per cent is reported to be in poor condition. Ninety per cent of pasture land is reported to be in good to excellent condition. Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their livestock.
Eighty-seven per cent of fall cereals and 75 per cent of spring cereals are reported to be in good to excellent condition. Seventy-two per cent of the oilseeds and 74 per cent of the pulse crops are reported to be in good to excellent condition. The majority of crop damage is due to wind, flooding, disease, insects and hail.
Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.
Overall, crops are progressing well. While crops are generally still behind in development, the warm weather advanced crops and some producers are contemplating swathing winter crops and early seeded pulses in the next two or three weeks.
Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields and controlling crop diseases and insects. Some farmers are getting harvesting equipment ready.