EAST CENTRAL — Crops across the province are advancing as a result of the warm weather and moisture, although crops are behind or at their normal developmental stages.
As of July 8, 67 per cent of the fall cereals and 32 per cent of the spring cereals are in the heading stage, while 38 per cent of the canola and mustard and 54 per cent of the pulse crops are flowering.
Regionally, crops are advancing well, but some of the oilseed crops are behind in their development. Crop conditions remain poor to good in the region. Seventy-six per cent of the fall cereals and 37 per cent of the spring cereals are headed–out, while 32 per cent of the canola and mustard and 64 per cent of the pulse crops are currently flowering.
Haying is underway and 16 per cent of the hay crop has now been cut and four per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 83 per cent good and 17 per cent fair. Many producers have indicated that there will be below-average hay yields, but pasture conditions have improved with a limited carrying capacity. Pasture conditions are rated as one per cent excellent, 60 per cent good, 29 per cent fair, nine per cent poor and one per cent very poor.
Varying amounts of rain fell across the region this past week, ranging from trace amounts up to 48.5 millimetres in the Nipawin area. The Star City area received four millimetres, the Arborfield area 23 millimetres, the Lake Lenore area six millimetres and the Kinistino area 17 millimetres. The Nipawin area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (205 millimetres). Topsoil moisture conditions remain stable. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and two per cent very short.
Some fungicide applications are taking place. The majority of crop damage this past week was from strong winds and hail.
Producers are busy hauling grain, haying, repairing equipment and scouting for disease and insects.
East Central Saskatchewan
Crops in the region are developing well with the moisture and warm weather, although some of the oilseed crops in particular remain behind in development. Eighty-six per cent of the fall cereals and 39 per cent of the spring cereals are now heading, while 34 per cent of the canola and mustard and 52 per cent of the pulse crops are in the flowering stage.
Haying operations are beginning. Two per cent of the hay crop cut has now been cut and one per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 50 per cent good, 25 per cent fair and 25 per cent poor. Hay crops will have a significantly reduced yield, although pastures have greened-up from the moisture. Pasture conditions are rated as 24 per cent good, 57 per cent fair, 16 per cent poor and three per cent very poor. Livestock water quality concerns are being reported by producers.
Precipitation this past week ranged from trace amounts to 92 millimetres in the Kelliher area. The Lipton area received 45 millimetres, the Rhein area, 22 millimetres, the Rama area 11 millimetres, the Craik area four millimetres and the area south of Humboldt seven millimetres. The Ituna area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (255 millimetres). Regionally, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 75 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and four per cent very short.
Fungicide applications are underway in the region. The majority of crop damage this past week was from strong winds, hail and localized flooding.
Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields and hauling grain.
The crop report is provided weekly by the Government of Saskatchewan.