For all intents and purposes, most of the crop is in the ground in Saskatchewan.
The province’s weekly crop report said seeding was 99 per cent complete in Saskatchewan, two per cent higher than the five-year average for this time of year.
The northwest is lagging behind slightly, at 97 per cent seeded. The crop report also reported there are still some fields of oats, barley, greenfeed and silage left to be seeded.
The rain much of the province received this week has also been helpful, replenishing topsoil moisture. The province said that, prior to recent rainfall, topsoil moisture conditions were “deteriorating” in southern and central areas.
Rain, in addition to warm weather, has also helped with crop development. According to the crop report, 60 per cent of fall cereals, 62 per cent of spring cereals, 53 per cent of oilseeds and 70 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. It said the majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition.
Recent persistent wind and delayed in-crop weed control has damaged crops in many areas. In the past week, damage has also been caused by cutworms, flea beetles, localized flooding, hail and a lack of moisture.
Right now, producers are finishing seeding, controlling weeds and getting ready for haying.
SaskPower has also committed to report incidents of power line contact. To date this year, there’s been 149 reports of power line contact – 19 of those happening in June.