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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 1 to 7, 2021

Crop District

Per cent seeded
June 7, 2021

6B

99

7A

99

7B

100

Region average

99

Seeding is 99 per cent complete, ahead of the five-year average (2016-2020) for this time of year of 97 per cent. Producers are still planning to seed green feed in the region. With recent rainfall, hay land and pasture conditions are expected to improve. Warmer temperatures are desired to help improve crop and pasture growth.

The west-central region welcomed the rainfall received over the weekend. The Cando area received the highest amount of rain this week with 40 mm. The Rosthern area received 32 mm of rainfall, the Sonningdale area 27 mm, the Battleford area 12 mm, the Smiley area 10 mm and the Biggar and Phippen area eight mm.

The majority of the region received rainfall this week, but it did not significantly improve  moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 34 per cent adequate, 52 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

There were reports of uneven germination and emergence of canola, but with the recent rains in the west-central region this is expected to improve.

Forty per cent of the fall cereal crops are in the shot blade stage and 18 per cent are heading, while 37 per cent of the spring cereals are tillering. Forty-five per cent of canola and mustard is emerging and 41 per cent is in the seedling stage, along with 38 per cent of flax in the seedling stage. Forty-nine per cent of the pulse crops are emerging and 49 per cent is in the vegetative stage.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to strong winds that toppled bins and damaged buildings, flea beetles, hail and localized flooding in low spots that received high amounts of rainfall. There are reports of a tornado that touched down around the Eagle Creek Hutterite colony that damaged some buildings and bins.

Producers are busy controlling weeds, spraying for flea beetles and cutworms, moving livestock to pasture and rolling pulse crops once the fields dry up.