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Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 3ASW – Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN – Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas;
Crop District 3B – Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas;
Crop District 4 – Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas 

For the Period June 5 to 11, 2018

Crop Development

% Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 97 3
Spring Cereals 4 78 18
Oilseeds 2 63 35
Pulse Crops 7 79 14

Many areas in the region received much-needed rain this past week, greening up pastures and hay land and helping developing crops, but some areas will still need significant rainfall in the coming weeks to get crops, pastures and hay growing. Concerns remain that current soil moisture levels will not be enough to support a crop if rain does not arrive soon. Some hay fields have prematurely headed out and crops have been very slow to emerge and grow.

Rainfall in the region ranged from nil to 100 mm in the Hazenmore area. The Limerick area reported 33 mm, the Rockglen area 8 mm, the Moose Jaw area 34 mm, the Admiral area 2 mm, the Cabri area 18 mm, Shaunavon 55 mm and the Gull Lake area 9 mm. The Hazenmore area has received the most precipitation (133 mm) in the region since April 1, while the Shaunavon has received the least amount of rainfall (22 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved with the recent rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent short adequate, 54 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 39 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 26 per cent very short. Crop District 3BS is reporting that 30 per cent of cropland, hay land and pasture remain very short of topsoil moisture at this time.

Crop emergence has been very patchy but some fields will benefit from the recent rain. Eighteen per cent of the spring cereals, 34 per cent of the oilseeds and 14 per cent of the pulse crops are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year. Pastures and hay land remain in poor condition. The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lack of moisture, strong winds, localized flooding and insects such as flea beetles in canola.

Farmers are rolling pulse crops and starting in-crop spraying when they can.

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