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Southwestern Saskatchewan

Census Division 3 – Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Mankota, Ponteix and Rockglen areas
Census Division 4 – Cadillac, Consul, Eastend, Maple Creek and Val Marie areas
Census Division 7 – Beechy, Central Butte, Craik, Herbert, Hodgeville and Moose Jaw areas
Census Division 8 – Cabri, Elrose, Fox Valley, Leader, Swift Current and Tompkins areas

For the Period June 11 to 17, 2024

With the completion of seeding in the region, producers are continuing to evaluate their crops. As weather conditions allow, spraying operations will continue and producers continue to monitor their crops for pests and diseases.

Areas within the region that are experiencing reduced moisture have expressed that nine per cent of the land that was seeded this spring is struggling due to lack of moisture. Five per cent of forage crops may have their yield significantly affected along with eight per cent of pastures that may have their carrying capacity reduced.

Most crops fall within the normal stages of development for this time of year. Oilseeds show to be the furthest behind with 16 per cent falling behind the normal stages of development. Perennial forages and fall cereals are the furthest advanced in development with seven per cent of the crop ahead of normal.

Rain was variable throughout the region this week. The highest amount of rain fell within the Eston area at 30 mm followed by the Richmound area at 27 mm. The Marquis area received 13 mm and the Shaunavon area received 8 mm. A few areas reported trace rainfall for the past week.

Topsoil moisture has decreased slightly within the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is reported at three per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hayland topsoil moisture is four per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Pasture topsoil moisture is rated at six per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short.

Currently, 69 per cent of producers report no shortages occurring or anticipated for livestock water supplies within the region. Twenty-three per cent indicate the potential for shortages throughout the summer. Eighty-eight per cent indicate they are not concerned with water quality for their livestock at this time.

Minor crop damage is reported within the region due to wind and root rot development. Moderate to severe crop damage has been reported in some areas due to gophers and flea beetles. Grasshoppers continue to cause crop damage with more emerging throughout the region. Producers are taking control measures when needed in various crops.

Southwest Saskatchewan
Crop Per cent ahead Per cent normal Per cent behind
Fall Cereals 7 93 0
Spring Cereals 3 83 14
Oilseeds 2 82 16
Pulse Crops 1 89 10
Perennial Forage 7 86 7
Annual Forage 4 93 3

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