© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
The middle of a field of canola is viewed from above recently.
Seventy-two per cent of the hay crop is now baled with an additional 13 per cent ready, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.
Last year at this time, 90 per cent was baled. Last week the tally stood at 57 per cent baled or put into silage, with 22 per cent cut and ready for baling.
Rain has become a problem with swathes sitting in the field waiting to dry. As a result, hay quality has decreased in some areas.
Overall in Saskatchewan, eight per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and one per cent poor.
But the rain did have the benefit of helping land that was starting to get very dry in areas. Land moisture across the province is now rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short while hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short.
Some crops are beginning to turn, with desiccation of peas and lentils starting in some southwestern and west-central areas.
Other crops that were damaged by hail are being swathed for feed.