Rain delays haying across province

Staff ~ The Southwest Booster
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Poor weather conditions are delaying haying operations across the province according to the latest Saskatchewan Agriculture Weekly Crop Report, however the rain did benefit some areas in the south.

The report said the extra moisture helped crops mature and fill in the southern areas.  Province wide, cropland topsoil conditions are quite wet, with 12 per cent reporting surplus moisture and 80 per cent reporting adequate moisture.  Hay land and pasture topsoil is also wet, with nine per cent reporting surplus moisture and 78 per cent reporting adequate.

As for bailing, 57 per cent of the provincial hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with another 22 per cent cut and ready.  However, the report added that a combination of rain and high humidity have delayed progress, and in some cases actually decreased hay quality.  At this point, nine per cent of the hay crop is in excellent conditions, with 82 per cent rated good and eight per cent rated fair.  Only one per cent is listed as poor.

The recent storms also caused wind and hail damage to crops in some areas.  Grasshoppers, wheat midge, root rot, sclerotinia and leaf spots caused were also responsible for crop damage.

The crop report was for the period of July 22-28.

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