Rain puts crops well behind in development

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The rain that won’t go away across the province is starting to have a significant impact on crops.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop 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 where they should be in their development.

In some spots in the southeastern and east-central areas of the province, up to six inches of rain fell in a few days. As a result, some crops have been significantly affected by flooding and saturated fields.

The report also noted a significant uptick in moisture conditions across the province. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland in Saskatchewan are rated as 48 per cent surplus and 52 per cent adequate. Just a week ago, conditions were estimated to be 37 per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

On hay land and pasture, moisture conditions are rated as 36 per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate and two per cent short, well up from 24 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and four per cent short a week ago.  

Crops that haven’t been hard hit by the rain are actually in pretty good shape, according to the report. Most of them are rated as in fair to excellent condition.  

Less than one per cent of the Saskatchewan hay crop is cut, with 98 per cent rated as fair to excellent in quality despite being behind its normal developmental stages.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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