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Warm weather keeping crops in good condition: Sask. Crop Report

Crops in the Lloydminster area are in good condition and continue to develop thanks to warmer temperatures.

According to the Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week of July 28th to August 3rd, some farmers have reported heat damage and stress due to lack of moisture, but overall fields in the northwest region are doing good.

Rainfall was in between nil to 15 mm in areas east of Neilburg. Moisture conditions are declining along with the lower amount of precipitation. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and 21 per cent short.

Farmers east of North Battleford are reporting 27 per cent of cropland and 42 per of hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is short or very short. Pasture conditions are rated eight per cent excellent, 60 per cent good and 31 per cent fair.

Most of the crop damage this week came from wind, heat, dry conditions and isolated hail. Diamondback moths and bertha armyworms as well as diseases such as fusarium head blight, ergot and other foliar diseases have also been reported in causing some damage.

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Farmers will be haying, hauling grain, scouting for pests and getting ready for harvest.

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