Hay crop coming in more quickly

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Hay bales sit in a field south of Prince Albert along Highway 2 on Thursday. Saskatchewan farmers now have 42 per cent of the hay baled or put into silage.

Warmer weather is beginning to help out crops across the province as hay is harvested.

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report said on Thursday that 42 per cent of the hay crop is now baled or put into silage, with 49 per cent more cut and ready for baling. That percentage puts producers slightly behind the five-year average but is a significant increase from last week, when 25 per cent of the hay was baled.

So far, the crop has been graded as 13 per cent excellent, 77 per cent good, eight per cent fair and two per cent poor.

The estimated average hay yields on dry land are 1.3 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.4 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 1.1 tons per acre for other tame hay, 0.9 tons per acre for wild hay and 1.7 tons per acre for greenfeed.  

On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 1.9 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.8 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 1.4 tons per acre for other tame hay and 2.3 tons per acre for wild hay and greenfeed.

One bright spot was that warmer weather now has most crops in fair to excellent condition.

Topsoil moisture in Saskatchewan on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short.  

Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and three per cent very short.  

Incredibly, some areas in the south are drier than normal and need moisture for crops.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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