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Seventy-five per cent of the hay crop was cut, with 49 per cent of this baled or put into silage. Dry condition, wheat midge, pea aphids and grasshoppers were causing the majority of crop damage. 

 

Saskatchewan producers have 66 per cent of the hay crop cut and 38 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

The quality of the hay crop is rated as 19 per cent excellent, 58 per cent good and 10 per cent fair.  Haying has progressed furthest in the south, where 73 per cent of the crop has been cut and 47 per cent baled or put into silage.  Haying is progressing slowly due to high humidity; however, the relatively clear weather during the past week has allowed producers to make up some of the time lost in previous weeks.  Thunderstorms continue in parts of the province, dropping hail and large amounts of rain.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 29 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, four per cent short and one per cent very short.

The warmer weather in the past two weeks has helped advance crops; however, most are still one to two weeks behind normal in development.  Eighty-three per cent of the winter wheat, 88 per cent of the fall rye, 89 per cent of the triticale and 79 per cent of the peas are in good to excellent condition.  Seventy-seven per cent of the spring wheat, 83 per cent of the durum, 78 per cent of the oats, 76 per cent of the barley, 80 per cent of the flax, 71 per cent of the canola, 81 per cent of the mustard, 77 per cent of the lentils, 78 per cent of the canaryseed and 97 per cent of the chickpeas are in fair to good condition.

The majority of crop damage is being caused by flooding and hail.  Wheat midge and grasshoppers are also causing damage. 

Pasture conditions are rated as 40 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good and seven per cent fair.  Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their livestock.

Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields and controlling crop diseases and insects.

Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 1, 2, and 3ASE)

Almost all areas in the region reported rain during the past week. The Stoughton area received 17 mm of rain, the Kisbey area 2 mm, the Broadview area 45 mm, the Weyburn area 16 mm, the Fillmore area 6 mm, the Moose Jaw area 44 mm, the Odessa area 7 mm and the Radville area 30 mm. The Windthorst area recorded no rain for the week.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 23 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and four per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Crop districts 1A and 1B are reporting 44 and 39 per cent surplus topsoil moisture on cropland, respectively.

Crop damage is attributed primarily to flooding, hail and leaf diseases. Hail was reported in the Frobisher and Stoughton areas. Wheat midge are showing up in areas in CDs 1B and 2B.

Livestock producers made good progress with haying during the past week. Seventy per cent of the hay crop has been cut, and 40 per cent of that is baled or put into silage. Thirty per cent is still standing. Quality is rated as 21 per cent excellent, 64 per cent good and four per cent fair. Rain throughout the area and high humidity has delayed haying for some producers.

Pasture conditions are rated as 35 per cent excellent, 59 per cent good and six per cent fair. Ninety-nine per cent of producers report that they have sufficient water for their livestock.

Crops have advanced nicely with the warm weather. Haying is proving difficult due to thunderstorms and high humidity. Crops are in various stages of development from flowering to ripening. Wheat midge are being controlled in isolated areas. Weed control on unseeded acres and disease control continues when the weather allows. Hail-damaged crops are showing signs of disease. Hail damage ranges from three to 78 per cent. Farmers are busy haying, controlling weeds in chem-fallow, controlling disease and insects and hauling grain.

Southeastern SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

durum

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

39

69

13

11

12

15

13

% good

56

25

57

58

54

53

49

% fair

5

6

22

23

24

24

29

% poor

0

0

5

5

7

6

5

% very poor

0

0

3

3

3

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

chickpeas

 

% excellent

13

5

16

8

8

8

 

% good

51

52

49

53

58

85

 

% fair

27

31

24

23

24

7

 

% poor

6

10

7

11

5

0

 

% very poor

3

2

4

5

5

0

 

 

Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 3ASW, 3AN, 3B and 4) 

Thunderstorms and rain were recorded in most of the region, although the amount of rain varied. Most areas reported less than 10 mm of rain. The Rockglen area received 18 mm, the Mossbank area 28 mm, the Vanguard area 14 mm, the Tyner area 8 mm, the Eastend area 24 and the Fox Valley area 10 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are five per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and five per cent very short. Cropland moisture in CDs 3ASW and 3BS is 41 and 33 per cent short, respectively.

Crop damage has been caused by grasshoppers, leaf diseases and gophers. Rockglen received hail, and reports indicate damage is quite severe. Crops in some areas could use some rain to help with filling.

Good progress was made with haying thanks to clear skies and good drying weather. The region has 76 per cent of the hay cut and 53 per cent of that has been baled or put into silage. Twenty-four per cent is still standing. Quality is rated as 31 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good and three per cent fair.

Pasture conditions are rated as 42 per cent excellent, 49 per cent good and nine per cent fair. Ninety-seven per cent of livestock producers report that they have sufficient water for their livestock.

Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields and controlling weeds, disease and grasshoppers. Grasshopper control is occurring primarily in lentil crops. There were a few reports of farmers controlling diamondback moth larvae in canola. Crop staging varies from field to field. Most of the wheat is heading; peas, lentils and mustard are podding; canola is flowering and podding; and flax is flowering and forming bolls. Hay rakes are popular this year to help cure the hay swath.

Southwestern SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

durum

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

39

32

13

12

23

14

1

% good

40

59

68

70

65

73

71

% fair

21

9

17

16

12

13

28

% poor

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

chickpeas

 

% excellent

9

22

12

10

24

2

 

% good

72

63

72

71

46

77

 

% fair

14

14

15

17

30

21

 

% poor

4

1

1

1

0

0

 

% very poor

1

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 5 and 6a)

Thunderstorms brought precipitation ranging one to 53 mm. Most areas recorded more than 15 mm of rain. The Abernethy area received 1 mm, the Churchbridge area received 35 mm, the Quill Lake area 53 mm, the Wynyard area 5 mm, the Leroy area 52 mm and the Bulyea area 17 mm. Since April 1, the region has received between 231 and 657 mm of rain.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 54 per cent surplus and 46 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 37 per cent surplus and 63 per cent adequate. CD 5B is reporting 79 per cent surplus topsoil moisture on cropland.

Flooding continues to be the cause of the majority of crop damage. Hail damage was reported in the Churchbridge, Foam Lake, Quill Lake, Imperial, Leroy, Humboldt and Bradwell areas. Golf-ball-sized hail in the Leroy and Humboldt areas caused damage to crops, buildings and machinery. Wheat midge are also causing crop damage in some areas, and producers are taking control measures.

Fifty-six per cent of the hay crop has been cut, and 29 per cent of that has been baled or put into silage. Forty-four per cent is still standing. Frequent rains, wet hay fields and high humidity are slowing progress. Quality is reported as 19 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good and nine per cent fair. Haying progress varies across the region. Crop District 5A is reporting 66 per cent is cut (33 per cent baled), CD 5B is reporting 22 per cent cut (nine per cent baled) and CD 6A is reporting 73 per cent cut (40 per cent baled).

Pasture conditions are rated as 44 per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 11 per cent fair, one per cent poor and one per cent very poor. All livestock producers indicate they have sufficient water for their animals.

Crop staging and condition varies widely, as seeding took place over a two-month period. Crops staging is anywhere from vegetative to ripening.

In Crop district 5B, reporters indicate that fields are still very wet and farmers are still getting stuck trying to undertake field operations. Cereals are heading out; most of the canola, mustard and peas are finishing flowering and starting to pod. Flax is finishing flowering and starting to form bolls. Many crops have flowered prematurely due to excess water stress.

In areas of Crop District 6A, crops are progressing rapidly with recent warm weather. Livestock producers like the hay yields.

East-central SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

durum

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

26

40

11

22

9

10

10

% good

51

38

60

67

54

54

61

% fair

15

10

15

9

21

20

18

% poor

7

10

12

1

13

13

10

% very poor

1

2

2

1

3

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

chickpeas

 

% excellent

9

8

21

21

13

15

 

% good

51

73

58

61

48

82

 

% fair

20

16

11

11

30

3

 

% poor

18

3

9

7

9

0

 

% very poor

2

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B and 7)

Most of the region recorded rain in amounts ranging from nil to 46 mm. The Sonningdale area received 20 mm, the Herschel and Biggar areas 34 mm, the Unity area 46 mm, the Luseland area 14 mm, the Rosetown area 5 mm and the Cando area 17 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 22 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

The majority of crop damage is due to insects and disease. Grasshopper infestations in lentil crops are severe enough to warrant control, but are below the economic threshold in the majority of crops. Wheat midge numbers are quite high in areas and farmers are applying insecticides. Tan spot, ascochyta blight and anthracnose are also causing crop damage, and farmers are applying fungicides. Hail damage was reported in the Major and Unity areas.

Fifty-six per cent of the hay crop has been cut, and 28 per cent of that is baled or put into silage. Forty-four per cent is still standing. Quality is rated 19 per cent excellent, 56 per cent good and 19 per cent fair. Some producers are concerned about getting the hay crop put up in good condition. The hay yields look good, but the swath is slow to dry due to rain and high humidity.

Pasture conditions are rated as 53 per cent excellent, 46 per cent good and one per cent fair. Ninety-eight per cent of the livestock producers indicate they have sufficient water for their animals.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling weeds and disease and hauling grain. Crops are looking pretty good, albeit one to two weeks behind normal in development. Crop staging is variable. Cereals are heading out and winter wheat is starting to fill. Peas, lentils and canola are finishing up flowering and some fields are podding. For the most part, the crops look good. Continued warm weather is needed to mature the crops. In Crop District 7B, fields are a little wetter compared to the rest of the region, making field operations difficult. Farmers are starting to prepare equipment for harvest. 

West-central SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

durum

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

18

27

19

24

12

17

5

% good

76

62

67

59

69

67

72

% fair

6

11

12

16

18

14

21

% poor

0

0

1

1

1

2

2

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

chickpeas

 

% excellent

14

19

27

30

22

25

 

% good

64

66

63

54

62

60

 

% fair

19

13

9

14

14

13

 

% poor

3

2

1

1

2

2

 

% very poor

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

A few areas in the region received large amounts of rain during the past week. The Tisdale area received 96 mm of rain, and the Arborfield and Codette areas recorded 71 and 61 mm, respectively. Most other areas reported less than 15 mm.  

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 48 per cent surplus and 52 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 42 per cent surplus and 58 per cent adequate.

Crop damage is attributed to hail, wheat midge and wind. Areas reporting hail damage include: Porcupine Plain, Arborfield, Tisdale, Codette, Lake Lenore, Humboldt and Vonda. The hail that fell in the Arborfield area was about the size of a two-dollar coin, flat with jagged edges. The hailstorm lasted for about 10 minutes. Farmers are scouting fields and controlling wheat midge where necessary. Flooding occurred in areas that experienced heavy rainfall.

Sixty-three per cent of the hay crop has been cut, and 33 of that has been baled or put into silage. Thirty-seven per cent of the hay crop is still standing. Quality is rated as 83 per cent good and eight per cent fair. There is concern about how much hay will be cut and put up in good condition if the rain continues. Crop reporters are indicating some hay fields are saturated and some swaths are under water.

Pasture conditions are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 76 per cent good and nine per cent fair. All livestock producers have a sufficient supply of water for their animals.  

Canola is finishing up flowering; cereals are heading out. Field work continues to be a challenge. Farmers are trying to cultivate deeply rutted fields. Crop reporters indicate there are a few farmers with last year's swaths still out in the fields.  

Northeastern SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

8

11

3

0

0

0

% good

56

50

35

43

33

26

% fair

35

38

37

45

41

54

% poor

1

1

20

12

22

18

% very poor

0

0

5

0

4

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

 

% excellent

1

0

0

0

0

 

% good

31

45

39

65

13

 

% fair

33

30

37

27

59

 

% poor

29

20

23

5

25

 

% very poor

6

5

1

3

3

 

 

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The thunderstorms that rolled through the region dropped varying amounts of moisture and hail in some areas. The Spiritwood area received 53 mm of rain, the Radisson area 10 mm, the Neilburg area 45 mm, the St. Walburg area 29 mm and the Turtleford area 19 mm. North Battleford received hail, although no significant damage was reported by crop reporters.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are six per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Pasture and hay land conditions are 100 per cent adequate.

Crop damage was mostly attributed to flooding and wheat midge. Farmers are controlling wheat midge.

Sixty-eight per cent of the hay crop has been cut, and 32 per cent of that has been baled or put into silage. Thirty-two per cent is still standing. Quality is reported as seven per cent excellent, 53 per cent good and 15 per cent fair. The rain of recent weeks has lowered the quality of hay in some areas. Hay yields and pastures look good.

Pasture conditions are rated as 55 per cent excellent, 39 per cent good and six per cent fair. All cattle producers indicate they have sufficient water for their animals.

The warmer temperatures helped advance crops. Barley and canola crops are starting to ripen and late-seeded crops are heading out. Most crops are late, but look quite good. Farmers are busy scouting fields and controlling insects. Crops are at varying stages of development and are about one to two weeks behind normal in development.

Northwestern SK Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

fall rye

spring wheat

oats

barley

% excellent

0

28

29

34

% good

93

52

56

44

% fair

7

20

15

22

% poor

0

0

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

flax

canola

peas

lentils

% excellent

N/A

41

53

0

% good

N/A

41

37

100

% fair

N/A

16

10

0

% poor

N/A

2

0

0

% very poor

N/A

0

0

0

 

SK (provincial) Crop conditions - July 26, 2010 

 

winter wheat

fall rye

spring wheat

durum

oats

barley

flax

% excellent

33

35

14

14

12

13

11

% good

50

53

57

65

55

53

53

% fair

14

11

20

18

23

23

27

% poor

3

1

7

2

8

9

7

% very poor

0

0

0

1

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canola

mustard

peas

lentils

canaryseed

chickpeas

 

% excellent

13

15

21

17

13

3

 

% good

48

62

58

60

51

77

 

% fair

23

18

16

17

27

20

 

% poor

13

4

4

4

7

0

 

% very poor

3

1

1

2

2

0

 

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