June 28, 2018 12:01 pm

Most crops developing normally, in good condition: Saskatchewan Agriculture

While most crops are developing normally, Saskatchewan Agriculture says dry conditions remain a concern in some regions.

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The majority of crops in Saskatchewan are developing normally and are in good condition, however, the lack of moisture is still a concern in some regions.

Saskatchewan Agriculture said Thursday in the weekly crop report that 76 per cent of oil seeds, and fall and spring cereals, are at normal development stages for this time of year, along with 80 per cent of pulse crops.

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It also reported 65 per cent of spring wheat, 57 per cent of canola, 54 per cent of peas and 47 per cent of lentils are in good condition.

Dry conditions remain a concern in the southwest and west-central regions, which are affecting crop, hay and pasture land.

Hay yields in those regions are expected to be lower than average and pastures are expected to have significantly reduced carrying capacity going into the summer months.

In regions where haying operations have started, quality is rated at eight per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 38 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.

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Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at 55 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions across the province are rated at two per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and four per cent very short.

Saskatchewan Agriculture said the majority of crop damage in the past week was due to a lack of moisture, with cutworms causing damage in some areas.

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