Rainfall over the past week has helped relieve dry topsoil for local farms according to Saskatchewan’s June 4 to June 10 Crop Report. Many areas across the province are still in need of moisture, although the southeast and northwest regions, which includes Lloydminster, did receive localized rain to assist with crop germination and growth.

The Lloydminster area reported 40 mm of rainfall which has improved topsoil moisture. Most topsoil conditions continue to deteriorate across the province due to the strong winds and lack of moisture.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 37 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 17 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 51 per cent very short.

Few fields are left to seed as operations are mostly complete. The almost bone dry conditions in many regions have caused slow growth, which has resulted in crops being behind normal developmental stages for this time of year.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and hauling grain.