Weather boosts hay progress and crop development

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Warm weather continues to help advance both crop development and haying progress. Saskatchewan livestock producers have 29 per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and 27 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report for July 9 to 15. Ninety-three per cent of the provincial hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality.

Sixty-six per cent of fall cereals and 65 per cent of spring cereals are considered to be at a normal stage of development at this time of the year.

Sixty per cent of oilseed crops and 72 per cent of pulse crops are considered to be at a normal stage of development at this time of the year.

Most parts of the province received varying amounts of rain last week, ranging from trace amounts to 72 millimeters with a provincial average of 16 millimeters. Flooding, hail and wind caused significant damage in some areas. Insects and diseases also contributed to crop damage.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Farmers are busy haying, spraying and hauling grain.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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