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Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 9AW – Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas;
Crop District 9B – Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas

For the Period June 5 to 11, 2018

Crop Development
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 45 55
Spring Cereals 4 80 16
Oilseeds 2 78 20
Pulse Crops 0 93 7

Heavy rain storms were reported in the region this past week, resulting in significant amounts of rain in some areas. The St. Walburg area reported 154 mm, the Neilburg area 72 mm, the Turtleford area 28 mm, the Debden area 14 mm, the Maymont area 25 mm and the Speers area 30 mm. The St. Walburg area has received the most precipitation (214 mm) in the region since April 1. The Lloydminster area has reported the least amount of rain since April 1 (47 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve and, in some cases, areas have too much at this point. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus and 91 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Crops are emerging more evenly now, thanks to the timely rain. Hay land and pastures in the area have also perked up. Crops are generally in good condition. Sixteen per cent of the spring cereals, 19 per cent of the oilseeds and seven per cent of the pulses are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to insects and excess moisture. Some producers have been spraying for flea beetles in the region.

Producers are busy with in-crop weed control operations.