News Release - August 8, 2005
CROP REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 7, 2005
One per cent of the 2005 crop has been combined, and a further two per cent has either been swathed or is ready to straight combine, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.
Some harvest activity has taken place in all regions of the province and in all crops, except flax and sunflowers. Fall cereals are reported to be 85 per cent in good to excellent condition, with 97 per cent at or ahead of normal development. Spring cereals are reported to be 80 per cent in good to excellent condition, with 89 per cent at normal development. Oilseed crops are reported to be 82 per cent in good to excellent condition, with 89 per cent at or ahead of normal development. Pulse crops are at 80 per cent in good to excellent condition, with 91 per cent of the crop at or ahead of normal development.
Haying operations made fair progress during the past week, and 88 per cent of the first-cut hay crop has been baled or put into silage. Some areas have begun a second cut, with 12 per cent completed provincially. Over half of the reporters do not expect a second cut of hay in their areas.
Desiccation on pulse crops is underway. Many areas of the province are looking for a rain shower to help finish off crops.
Topsoil moisture conditions on crop, hay, and pasture land deteriorated during the past week as areas of short and very short moisture increased. The southwest and east central regions of the province have experienced the driest conditions.
Hot, dry conditions were the main sources of crop damage during the past week. Crop reporters indicate that yields will be somewhat reduced due to the heat. Disease pressures came from rust, ascochyta blight, and mildew. Insect damage came from grasshoppers, wheat midge, flea beetles, aphids, Lygus bugs, bertha armyworm larvae, diamond back moth larvae, painted lady butterfly larvae, and sawflies. Other sources of crop damage during the past week were hail, wind, and wildlife. Lodging of crops is a concern.
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