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West-Central Saskatchewan

Crop Districts 6B – Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas;
Crop District 7A – Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major;
Crop District 7B - Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas

For the Period August 7 to 13, 2018

Two per cent of the crop is now in the bin, just slightly ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of one per cent for this time of year. Eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The recent heat is advancing crops quickly and later-seeded crops could use a good rain to help fill heads and pods.

There were scattered showers in some parts of the region. The Hanley area reported 9 mm of rain, the Saskatoon area 4 mm, the Rosthern area 3 mm, the Biggar, Cando, Rosetown and Kindersley areas 1 mm and the Major and Macklin areas 8 mm. The Saskatoon area has received the most precipitation (318 mm) in the region since April 1.

Extreme temperatures last week and the prolonged lack of moisture have caused crops to dry down rapidly; as a result, yield and quality will be affected. Any future rain will be of little benefit to crops, which are rapidly advancing. Many pastures and hay fields are in need of significant rainfall to help them recover from the hot and dry conditions.

Despite rainfall in some areas, topsoil moisture conditions have worsened. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 38 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 23 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 26 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 33 per cent very short. Crop District 6B is reporting that 74 per cent of the cropland and 81 per cent of the hay land and pasture are short to very short topsoil moisture at this time.

Reported yields so far range from about average to well below average; however, crop quality remains good. Crop damage this past week was mainly due to lack of moisture, wind and hot temperatures. There have been some reports of grasshoppers, as well as stubble and combine fires in drier areas.

Producers are busy combining, desiccating pulses and swathing canola.