July 21, 2016 12:40 pm

Rain, hail having an adverse affect on Saskatchewan crops

Peas, lentils suffering from too much water as adverse weather is affecting Saskatchewan’s crops.

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Severe weather is having an adverse affect on some crops in Saskatchewan.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report, lentils and peas in many parts of the province are suffering from too much water after significant rain fell in many regions in the past week.

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Some crops are also lodging and remain under flooding stress in some areas.

Hail has also caused some crop damage, with the Canadian Crop Hail Association reporting claims in Saskatchewan are above the five-year average for this time of year.

Crops that were not affected by the rain or severe weather are developing normally, with 53 per cent of the fall cereals, 69 per cent of oil seeds, 67 per cent of spring cereals and 65 per cent of pulses at their normal stage of development for this time of year.

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Rain and high humidity is also affecting hay operations, with 28 per cent of the hay crop cut and another 28 per cent baled or put into silage.

The five-year average for this time of year is 23 per cent cut and 40 per cent baled or put into silage.

Hay quality is reported to be nine per cent excellent, 62 per cent good, 26 per cent fair and three per cent poor.

The standing hay crop is reported to be in good condition despite the rain and humidity.

Famers are hoping for sunny and dry weather over the next few weeks as they continue with haying operations and controlling insects and diseases.

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