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Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas

For the Period July 9 to July 15, 2019

  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 24 63 13
Spring Cereals 4 73 23
Oilseeds 4 55 41
Pulse Crops 7 77 16

Crops are advancing nicely, but some of the oilseed crops are behind in their development. Sixty-three per cent of the fall cereals, 73 per cent of the spring cereals, 55 per cent of the oilseeds and 77 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. Overall, crop conditions are poor-to-good, but there are indications that the odd cereal and pea crop is in excellent condition.

Scattered rain showers brought varying amounts of rain to the region, ranging from 4 mm in the Birch Hills area to 35 mm in the Lake Lenore and Nipawin areas. The Star City area received 13 mm, the Kinistino area 12 mm, the Garrick area 25 mm and the Spruce Home area 7 mm. The Star City area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (188 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions improved with the rainfall this past week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate, seven per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short.

Haying is progressing well in the region, and 25 per cent of the crop has now been cut and 10 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 39 per cent good and 61 per cent fair. Many producers have indicated that there will be below-average hay yields. Pasture conditions have improved with a limited carrying capacity.

Some fungicide applications are taking place, mainly in pulse crops, cereal crops for fusarium head blight and canola for sclerotinia. The majority of crop damage this past week was due to lodging caused by the strong winds.

Producers are busy hauling grain, haying, repairing equipment and scouting for disease and insects.