News Release - June 18, 2009
CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 9 TO 15, 2009
Across the province, the majority of crops are in good to fair condition but are behind normal in development according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.
Winter wheat is reported as 43 per cent good and 36 per cent fair condition. Wheat is in 43 per cent good and 40 per cent fair condition. Canola is reported as 32 per cent good, 42 per cent fair and 20 per cent poor. Peas are 49 per cent good and 35 per cent fair.
On average, 67 per cent of fall-seeded crops are behind normal in development. Eighty per cent of spring cereals and 87 per cent of oilseeds are behind normal. Seventy-six per cent of pulse crops are behind normal in development.
Some moisture was received in areas of the province last week; however, provincial topsoil moisture conditions have declined overall since last week's Crop Report. Cropland topsoil moisture is reported as 52 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are reported as 43 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. The west central and northwestern districts of the province have received only trace amounts of precipitation in some areas and are severely dry. Hay and pasture growth is slow and stands are short in some areas of the province.
Frost was still damaging crops in some areas of the province last week. Dry conditions, hail, gophers and flea beetles were the other sources of crop damage. Cutworms and grasshoppers are showing up in some fields.
The warm weather is welcome, and rain would be appreciated in most areas.
Farmers are busy controlling weeds and gophers, and scouting crops.
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