Crops need more rain according to lastest Sask Crop report


The latest crop report says most Saskatchewan farmers need more rain, especially in the southern and western regions.

The northeast and east central regions saw the most rain, with the highest amount of 32 millimeters in Spruce Home and Rhein.

Crop development is normal for this time of year, with oilseeds behind other crops.

Topsoil moisture is declining due to strong dry winds, resulting in crop damage, rapidly drying soils and delayed herbicide application.

There are concerns about slow hay and pasture growth and reduced yields due to dry weather.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated 2 percent surplus, 56 percent adequate, 36 percent short and six percent very short.

Crop loss this past week was caused by dry topsoil, flea beetles, cutworms, gophers, and root rot.

There are isolated reports of frost, mainly in central and northern grainbelt regions, but damage is not yet known.

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