Wet weather delays crop development according to latest crop report

Staff ~ The Southwest Booster
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Cool and wet conditions across the province have slowed crop development according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s June 24 to 30 Crop Report.

According to the report, 49 per cent of fall cereals, 61 per cent of spring cereals, 66 per cent of oilseeds and 55 per cent of pulse crops are behind their normal development stages.

Crops in the eastern part of the province have been the hardest hit, with localized flooding and saturated field conditions hindering development.

Crops outside of the flooded areas are in fair to excellent condition.

Haying is also just getting underway in the province.  The report says 98 per cent of the hay cut so far is fair to excellent in quality.  However, much of the remaining crop is behind in its development.

Topsoil moisture conditions are high as well, with 48 per cent of cropland rated as surplus moisture, while 52 per cent is adequate.  Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are at 36 per cent surplus and 62 per cent adequate.

As for diseases, the report says root rot and leaf spots have caused some damage in the province.

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