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Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 3ASW – Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas;
Crop District 3AN – Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas;
Crop District 3B – Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas;
Crop District 4 – Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas

For the Period June 1 to 7, 2021

Crop District

Per cent seeded
June 7, 2021

3ASW

99

3AN

100

3BS

99

3BN

100

4A

100

4B

100

Region average

96

Ninety-nine per cent of the crop is seeded, which is just ahead of the five-year average (2016-2020) for this time of year of 98 per cent. There are a few remaining fields being seeded for green feed and silage.

There were very small amounts of rainfall throughout the southwest region this week. The Shaunavon and Rockglen areas reported the most rain this week with three mm. The Mossbank area received 2.7 mm, the Gouldtown area two mm and the Kyle area one mm.

Moisture conditions have fallen in the region due to lack of rain this week and strong dry winds. Crops are generally in good condition but could use more rainfall and the hay and pasture land need more rainfall along with warmer temperatures to support growth. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 44 per cent adequate, 53 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 21 per cent adequate, 63 per cent short and 16 per cent very short.

Some areas of the region have poor canola germination due to winds and dry topsoil; there have also been reports of damaged seedlings from the strong winds and some of these areas will be reseeded while others will not.

Forty-three per cent of the fall cereal crops are in the shot blade stage and 17 per cent are heading, while 35 per cent of the spring cereals are tillering. Forty-six per cent of canola and mustard is emerging and 42 per cent is in the seedling stage while 37 per cent of flax in the seedling stage. Fifty-two per cent of the pulse crops are emerging and 40 per cent is in the vegetative stage.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to winds, extremely dry soils, flea beetles and cutworms.

Producers have been busy moving livestock to pasture as well as spraying for weeds and flea beetles.

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