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East-Central Saskatchewan

Crop District 5 – Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas;
Crop District 6A – Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas

For the Period June 5 to 11, 2018

Crop Development
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 86 14
Spring Cereals 2 75 23
Oilseeds 0 70 30
Pulse Crops 0 78 22

Crops, hay and pasture in the region are looking good. Timely rains have resulted in good germination, condition and development. Heavy rain was reported in some areas, compounding the excess moisture from previous weeks. Some fields around Esterhazy and Langenburg are flooded.

Crop District 5A reported between 4 and 61 mm of rain over the week. The Langenburg area reported 61 mm, the Goodeve area 25 mm, the Raymore area 4 mm, the Pelly area 58 mm, the Kelvington area 14 mm, the Semans area 5 mm, and the Craven area 26 mm. The Langenburg area has received the most precipitation (222 mm) in the region since April 1, while the Kenaston area has reported the least (43 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved tremendously with the recent rain. Much of the moisture has moved into the soil, but fields in many areas remain saturated. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and three per cent very short.

Twenty-three per cent of the spring cereals, 30 per cent of the oilseeds and 22 per cent of the pulse crops are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year. Most crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, hail, wind and insects such as flea beetles in canola.

Producers are busy with in-crop weed control operations.

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