As of June 23rd seeding is essentially complete across the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. However, some producers in the southeastern and east-central regions may still seed greenfeed crops if weather and time permit.
The majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition despite the wet and cool weather conditions delaying development. Fifty-five per cent of spring cereals, 61 per cent of oilseeds and 49 per cent of pulses are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year. Fifty-three per cent of the fall cereals are considered to be at their normal developmental stages.
Heavy rain was received in most of the province, with some areas reporting well over 100 mm. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 37 per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate and two per cent short.
Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are rated as 24 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Warm and dry weather is needed to help fields dry up and crops advance.
In-crop spraying has been delayed for many producers due to frequent rains and wet fields. Excess moisture and localized flooding have caused some crop damage this week.
Farmers are busy controlling weeds and getting ready for haying.