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Northeastern Saskatchewan

Census Division 14 – Choiceland, Hudson Bay, Kelvington, Melfort, and Nipawin areas
Census Division 15 – Cudworth, Humboldt, Kinistino, Prince Albert, Rosthern and St. Brieux areas

For the Period June 11 to 17, 2024

Some acres remain unseeded within the region due to the frequent showers on top of the excess moisture conditions. Currently, producers estimate that two per cent of the acres in the region have not been seeded.

Producers indicate that seven per cent of the land that was seeded this spring has excess moisture and is unlikely to produce a crop. Three per cent of forage crops have excess moisture and are unlikely to produce a crop. Similarly, three per cent of pasture is not accessible or not usable at this time across the region.

Crop development continues to be slow due to the wet and cool conditions within the region. Fall cereals are the furthest behind in development at 85 per cent of the crop falling behind the normal stages of development for this time of year. Oilseeds and spring cereals are also showing behind in development at 58 and 46 per cent behind, respectively. This is followed by pulse crops which are reported at 39 per cent behind the normal stages of development for this time of the year.

Rain was widespread throughout the region this week with many areas reporting significant amounts. The highest rainfall recorded fell in the Rosthern area at 95 mm over the past week. The Nipawin area reported 75 mm followed by the Prince Albert area at 70 mm. The heavy rainfalls are causing water to accumulate in fields and in low spots throughout the region.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to increase with more areas reporting surplus moisture within the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is reported at 34 per cent surplus and 66 per cent adequate. Hayland topsoil moisture is 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. Pasture topsoil moisture is rated at 20 per cent surplus and 80 per cent adequate.

Currently, 94 per cent of producers report no shortages occurring or anticipated for livestock water supplies within the region. Of those that reported, all indicate they are not concerned with water quality for their livestock at this time.

Minor crop damage is reported within the region due to hail, frost and wind. Moderate crop damage, with a few areas reporting severe, due to excess moisture is causing crop stress and yellowing. Flea beetles continue to be a problem in the region with overall moderate crop damage reported but a few areas indicate severe. Producers are monitoring for crop disease and root rot due to the excess moisture conditions.

Northeast Saskatchewan
Crop Per cent ahead Per cent normal Per cent behind
Fall Cereals 0 15 85
Spring Cereals 1 53 46
Oilseeds 1 41 58
Pulse Crops 2 59 39
Perennial Forage 1 68 31
Annual Forage 2 67 31

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