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Crop development improving with warmer weather: Sask. Crop Report

Lloydminster and area farmers are seeing some improvements in crop development but will need the warm, dry conditions to stay for fields to continue growing.

Rain in the northwest region ranged from zero to 27.5 mm around Neilburg with the Hafford area receiving the most precipitation since April with a total of 261 mm.

Moisture conditions remained steady but a few areas are rated short due to limited rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated six per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated four per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.

Seventy-seven per cent of the spring cereals, 72 per cent of the oilseed crops and 80 per cent of the pulse crops are at a normal stages of development for this time of year. Eighty-three per cent of the spring wheat, 78 per cent of the canola and 81 per cent of the peas are in good condition at this time.

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Haying will be underway soon but some fields are still too wet to start haying. Hay quality is rated as 63 per cent good and 37 per cent fair.

The majority of crop damage came from cutworms, gophers, dry conditions, isolated flooding and standing water.

Farmers are busy finishing in-crop herbicide applications and scouting for diseases.

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