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Crops behind schedule due to early cool temperatures: Sask. Crop Report

Crops around the Lloydminster area are behind their normal stage of development due to cool temperatures earlier this season.

According to the Saskatchewan crop report, 10 per cent of spring cereals are in the heading stage and 35 per cent are in the shotblade stage. Thirty-eight per cent of canola and mustard and 36 per cent of pulse crops are flowering.

Currently, seven per cent of the hay crop is cut and two per cent is baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 11 per cent excellent, 56 per cent good and 33 per cent fair. Pasture conditions are rated as 28 per cent excellent, 59 per cent good and 13 per cent fair.

Most of the province received rainfall this week and in the northwest region it ranged from trace amounts to 57 mm in the St. Walburg area. Areas near St. Walburg also received the most precipitation in the province since April 1 with 301 mm. Farmers in areas that received rainfall over the past few weeks have reported improvements in pasture development.

Moisture conditions continue to remain steady. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

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The majority of crop damage came from flooding, hail and wind, and diseases.

Farmers will be spraying fungicides and haying as weather and field conditions allow.

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