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Strong weather conditions interrupts seeding: Sask. Crop Report

Strong winds, localized flooding and other weather conditions have caused a slowdown in seeding fields in Saskatchewan this week.

The province is reporting 99 per cent of crops have been planted but winds are delaying spraying for weeds and insects for many farmers.

Most regions received rainfall with the areas around Humboldt having the highest amount with 71 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions remain relatively the same as last week.

Cropland moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

Across the province, most crops are at normal development with fall cereals at 79 per cent, spring cereals at 70 per cent, oilseed crops at 63 per cent and pulse crops at 80 per cent.

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A majority of crop conditions across the province range from fair to good however, wind and reduced germination has caused spotty emergence in some canola fields.

Most of the crop damage this week came from strong winds, cutworms and flea beetles. Cold temperatures, frost and hail also caused some damage in areas throughout the province.

Farmers with canola fields may be reseeding due to dry conditions and insect damage and some farmers are seeding green feed.
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