A majority of Saskatchewan crops are doing very well, despite cool and dry conditions throughout the province.
The latest weekly provincial crop report showed the state of various crops to be in good to excellent condition, including:
- 26% of mustard
- 34% of chickpeas
- 49% of durum
- 50% of flax
- 54% of fall rye
- 60% of canola
- 61% of soybeans
- 63% of lentils
- 64% of barley
- 65% of winter wheat
- 65% of peas
- 68% of oats
- 70% of spring wheat
About 87 per cent of fall cereals, 62 per cent of spring cereals, 55 per cent of oilseed crops and 67 per cent of pulses are at or ahead of their normal stage of development for this time of year.
Rainfall amounts varied across the province, with the Nipawin area receiving the most with 57 millimetres.
Topsoil moisture on cropland is being rated as six percent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and five per cent very short.
Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is being rated as five per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.
Many areas around the province are in need of rain to help crops, hay and pasture grow, particularly in the south.
Some areas in the south reported frost and producers are looking over the damage.
Haying is underway in Saskatchewan with four per cent being cut and two per cent is baled or ensiled.
Haying is furthest advanced in the southwest where 11 per cent of the crop has been cut.
Quality is being rated as six per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.
The southeast of the province has the lowest quality of hay with 21 per cent rated as poor.
Weather, insects causing damage
Crop damage this week was attributed to flooding, frost, wind and insects such as cutworms and alfalfa weevils.
There are also reports of gopher damage to crops.
Farmers have nearly finished herbicide applications, but progress was slowed by windy conditions.
Farmers are scouting for disease, applying fungicides and cutting hay.
So far this month, SaskPower has received 29 reports of farm equipment coming in contact with power lines.
There have been 168 incidents in 2017.