Rain is helping alleviate moisture stress in some parts of Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Some areas of the province received several inches of rain in the last week improving topsoil moisture conditions in many areas.
Looking at a map of the cumulative rainfall, it’s clear that the southwest corner of Saskatchewan is the driest with some areas seeing less than 50 millimetres of rain so far this year.
Rain is actually delaying haying in some areas. Livestock producers have 54 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. There is another 18 per cent cut and ready for baling.
Hay quality is rated as 52 per cent good, with yields on dry land well below the five-year average. Average hay yields on dry land is estimated to be .8 ton per acre for alfalfa, .9 ton per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, .7 ton per acre for both other tame hay and wild hay, and 1.3 tons per acre for greenfeed.
On irrigated land, hay yields are estimated to be 2.2 tons per acre for alfalfa and afalfa/brome hay, 2.5 tons per acre for other tmae hay, 1.9 tons per acre for wild hay and 3.1 tons per acre for greenfeed.