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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 June 5 to 11, 2018

Crop Development
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 2 77 21
Spring Cereals 3 76 21
Oilseeds 3 73 24
Pulse Crops 2 79 18

Most of the region received much-needed rain, although some areas remain very dry, having not received much more than an inch or two of moisture in the past few months.

The region saw varying amounts of moisture, and many producers still need more rain. Rainfall ranged from nil to 40 mm in the Landis area. The Conquest area reported 6 mm, the Saskatoon area 38 mm, the Rosetown area 8 mm, the Harris area 37 mm, the Phippen area 11 mm and the Biggar area 28 mm. The Harris and Cando areas have received the most precipitation (110 mm) in the region since April 1. The Dinsmore area has received the least amount of moisture since April 1 (14 mm). High winds rolled through the Kindersley, Kerrobert and Macklin areas, tipping over grain bins, toppling trees and damaging equipment and buildings.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved slightly since last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 79 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and four per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 69 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

Crop emergence and hay land and pasture conditions have improved due to recent rain. Twenty-one per cent of the spring cereals, 24 per cent of the oilseeds and 18 per cent of the pulse crops are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year.

Crop damage was minimal this week, with damage attributed to wind, lack of moisture and insects. Some producers have been spraying insecticides to control flea beetles and cutworms in canola crops.