Rain impacts hay quality in Southern Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan livestock producers have 90 per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and 75 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for July 30 to Aug. 5.

Rain during the past week has slowed haying progress and reduced hay quality in the swath. Eight per cent of the provincial hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 73 per cent is good in quality and 19 per cent is reported to be fair in quality.

Cool and wet weather continued for most areas in the province, delaying crop development. The majority of crops are podding and filling. There are reports of some crops starting to turn and desiccation of peas and lentils has just started in some areas of the southwest and west-central regions.

Most parts of the province received varying amounts of rain last week ranging from nil to 64 millimeters. Insects, flooding, hail and wind caused some crop damage.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as nine per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 16 per cent excellent, 64 per cent good, 19 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Farmers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.

Follow the 2013 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKGovAg.

Geographic location: Southern Saskatchewan

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