News Release - June 4, 2009
CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 26 TO JUNE 1, 2009
Seeding for the 2009 crop year is 95 per cent complete, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report. All regions are reporting above 90 per cent of seeding completed.
Crops that have emerged are behind normal in development stages. Across the province, 63 per cent of fall cereals, 73 per cent of spring cereals, 78 per cent of oilseeds and 67 per cent of the pulse crops are reported behind normal in development.
The majority of crop conditions are being reported as fair to good in all regions of the province. Fall seeded crops are reported to be at least 80 per cent; spring wheat at 86 per cent; durum is rated as 80 per cent; oats at 92 per cent; barley at 88 per cent; triticale at 92 per cent; flax at 87 per cent; canola at 85 per cent; mustard at 81 per cent; sunflowers at 94 per cent; lentils at 75 per cent; field peas at 84 per cent; canary seed at 66 per cent and chickpeas at 92 per cent in fair to good condition.
Topsoil moisture conditions in the west central and northwest regions are declining. In the west central region, 41 per cent and 46 per cent of the crop land topsoil moisture conditions are short to very short, respectively. Thirty-seven and 56 per cent of the hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions in this region are reported as short and very short. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are 59 per cent adequate and 31 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Provincial hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are being reported as 46 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.
Frost did occur in almost all regions of the province last week. The severity of the damage to crops is still being assessed. Other sources of crop damage included flea beetles, gophers and dry conditions. Very little rain was reported last week; however the northeast region received 17 mm in some areas.
Farmers are busy controlling weeds, rolling pulses, scouting fields and taking cattle to pasture.
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