Haying halfway done according to Saskatchewan Crop Report

Staff ~ The Southwest Booster
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The most recent Saskatchewan crop report shows that 42 per cent of the provinces hay crop has been baled or put into silage.

The report measured progress around the province as of July 21, and showed some delays in operations and a decrease in quality due to rain and high humidity.

According to the report, 13 per cent of the provincial crop is rated as excellent, compared to 77 per cent good, eight per cent fair and two per cent poor.  This places hay yields slightly below the five-year average.

As for other crops, the report says they received a boost due to the warm area.  The province says most are in fair to excellent condition.

Topsoil conditions across the province continue to be good, although some areas of the south are still drier than normal.  Provincially, 14 per cent of the provinces cropland topsoil has surplus moisture, with 75 per cent at adequate levels, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Hay land and pasture topsoil is slightly drier, with 10 per cent at a surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Strong winds, heavy rain and hail combined for most of the crop damage during the week, while grasshoppers, weath midge, root rot and leaf spots rounded out the list of problems.

However, the report says the majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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