Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Daily case numbers and information for businesses and workers.

The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Crop Report For The Period July 14 To July 20, 2020

Released on July 23, 2020

Crops remain in relatively good condition and are advancing quickly, thanks to recent rain and warm weather.

Provincially, 89 per cent of fall cereals, 77 per cent of spring cereals, 74 per cent of oilseeds and 84 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.  With further hot temperatures in the forecast, many crops are expected to quickly catch up.  Some crops in southern areas are beginning to dry-down and local producers expect harvest operations to begin in the coming weeks.

Rainfall varied throughout the province this past week with many regions receiving at least half an inch.  The Kuroki area in the east central region received the greatest amount of rainfall with 51 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Haying continues in between rain showers, although frequent rain and high humidity has prevented dry-down of many hay crops.  Livestock producers now have 22 per cent of the hay crop cut and 20 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is currently rated as 10 per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 18 per cent fair and seven per cent poor.

Hay yields have been below normal for many producers and most are unsure if a second cut is possible this year.  Estimated average dryland hay yields at this time are 1.3 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.2 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass, 1.0 tons per acre for other tame hay, 0.8 tons per acre for wild hay and 1.8 tons per acre for greenfeed.  Estimated average irrigated hay yields are 2.4 tons per acre for alfalfa, 2.5 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass and 2.0 tons per acre for greenfeed.

Crop damage this past week was attributed to localized flooding, hail, strong winds and lack of moisture.  Diseases such as root rot, ascochyta and other leaf spots are being scouted while insects such as grasshoppers are being sprayed.  Many producers continue to spray fungicides on crops as weather and field conditions permit.
Farmers are busy haying, applying fungicides, scouting for disease and insects and getting equipment ready for harvest.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report

Follow the 2020 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

-30-

For more information, contact:

Shannon Friesen
Agriculture
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-3592
Email: shannon.friesen@gov.sk.ca

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve