Saskatchewan livestock producers have six per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and less than one per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report for the period of June 25 to July 1. Ninety-one per cent is rated as good to excellent in quality.
Sixty-three per cent of winter cereals, 61 per cent of spring cereals, 60 per cent of oilseeds and 68 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. The majority of crops are rated as fair to excellent in quality.
Rain showers brought various amounts of moisture to the province last week. Some crop and hay damage occurred due to flooding, disease, hail and insects such as alfalfa weevil and cabbage seedpod weevil.
Across the province, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.
Farmers are busy haying and controlling pests.