High temperatures and a lack of rain continue to damage crops in the province.
The latest crop report out Thursday said crop conditions vary greatly across Saskatchewan. It adds that significant rain is needed as the hot conditions leave their mark.
It paints a picture of an increasingly dry landscape with damage in some areas, but the majority of crops are developing normally. Many areas across southern and central Saskatchewan have received less than 100 millimetres of moisture since April 1. In the past week, rainfall ranged from negligible amounts in most areas to 80 mm in the Kelvington area.
The report breaks down the topsoil moisture on cropland. It’s rated as two per cent surplus, 41 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 11 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 32 per cent adequate, 49 per cent short and 16 per cent very short.
Some crops are short, thin or flowering earlier than normal due to heat stress. Other damage includes hail, localized flooding, wind and insects. Leaf spot diseases and root rot are also causing some damage.
Despite this damage reported in the parched areas, most crops are developing normally. According to the weekly crop report, 56 per cent of fall cereals, 64 per cent of spring cereals, 62 per cent of oilseeds and 75 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.
SaskPower is also reminding producers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. It received four reports of farm equipment touching power lines last week, two of them involved spraying equipment.