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Crop report shows over 70 per cent of crops are at their normal stages

For the period June 8-14, 78 per cent of pulse crops, 76 per cent of spring cereals, 70 per cent of fall cereals and 66 per cent of oilseed crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.

Across Saskatchewan, topsoil moisture conditions are up compared to the previous week due to rainfall.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and eight per cent very short.

Heavy localized rainfall resulted in occasions of flooding and water pooling in low areas of some fields across the province.  The rain combined with strong winds in some areas resulting in damage to or loss of bins, buildings and crops.  Areas where there was only wind and no rain are becoming concerned about dry conditions.

Winds have also delayed spraying in some areas, but producers are spraying for weeds and insects as wind conditions and crop stages allow.  The south-east received the most rainfall over the week.

Overall, crop conditions range from fair to good.  With the recent rains, producers are hopeful that conditions will improve.

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In general, emergence of earlier seeded crops is good, but the lack of moisture and wind in some fields has reduced germination of canola and has resulted in spotty emergence.  Those areas could see reseeding if conditions allow.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online.

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