Cooler temperatures and rain continue to slow down crop development in Lloydminster region farms.
In the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report covering July 7th to 13th, it was noted several areas seeing rainfall with those around Neilburg getting the most at 116 mm. St. Walburg received the most precipitation in the province at 376 mm since April 1st. The rain has caused standing water in fields and prevented farmers from getting into some fields and roads.
The majority of crops in the area remain in good condition with 70 per cent of spring cereals, 71 per cent of oilseeds and 78 per cent of pulse crops at their normal stage of development for this time of the year.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus and 89 per cent adequate while hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus and 90 per cent adequate as a result of the rain.
The weather has also brought some setbacks for farmers haying and spraying. Livestock producers have 13 per cent of hay crop cut and 4 per cent baled or in silage. Hay quality is rated as 60 per cent good and 40 per cent fair.
Most of the crop damage was caused by flooding, wind and hail. Farmers are also reporting diseases in pulse crops, cereals and canola.
Farmers will continue scouting for those diseases as well as spraying fungicides and haying as the weather allows.