Saskatchewan Crops Advancing Quickly Due to Rain and Warm Temperatures

Farmscape for July 7, 2023

Saskatchewan Agriculture reports crop growth advanced quickly this past week thanks warm temperatures and rain.
Saskatchewan Agriculture released its weekly crop report yesterday.
Mackenzie Hladun, a crop extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says crops are progressing quickly with the warm temperatures and the widespread rain that was received over the past week.

Quote-Mackenzie Hladun-Saskatchewan Agriculture:
Rain was received across the entire province this week.
The rain that was received was either in trace amounts or there were actually relatively large recorded amounts with the largest amounts recorded in Odessa with 42 millimeters.
The general trend was that the north received more rain than the south however that Odessa region is in the south.
Prince Albert and Turtleford also received significant amounts of rainfall with 40 and 37 millimeters respectively.
Although the rain was received, warm temperatures meant that it didn't stay long and our soil moisture began to diminish a bit.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated at one percent surplus, 42 percent adequate and 15 percent very short.
Hay and pasture topsoil moisture follows a very similar pattern with 36 percent adequate, 42 percent short and 21 percent very short.
Overall, across the province topsoil moisture levels in the southwest and west central regions are the lowest in the province.
We're seeing that 60 percent of canola is in the flowering stage, just over half of this year's flax is in the stem extension stage, fall cereals are beginning to fill across the province with 51 percent of this year's crop heading out and 36 percent at a dough stage.
Spring cereals aren't really far behind with 42 percent of the crop heading out.
Pulses are the most diverse in staging across the province, with 28 per cent at the vegetative stages, 29 per cent flowering and 40 per cent beginning to pod so we are slightly ahead in our normal growth stages compared to previous years and this is mostly due to those really warm environmental temperatures that we've been seeing and also the early rains we'd been seeing earlier this spring.

Hladun says scattered hailstorms, heat stress and wind resulted in crop damage this past week, grasshoppers, other insects and gophers are a concern and crop diseases are beginning to appear following the wet and humid conditions accompanied by the heat.
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Bruce Cochrane.

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