Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas
For the Period July 24 to 30, 2018
Crops continue to quickly advance in the area, thanks to the recent warm weather. Most crops are in good to excellent condition, but some have been affected by lack of moisture and hot temperatures. Producers have indicated that yields will be about average overall; however, there are many areas that expect yields to be above average.
Much of the region received very little rainfall this past week. The Porcupine Plain area received 9 mm of rain, the Arborfield area 22 mm, the Nipawin area 14 mm, the Vonda area 3 mm and the Melfort and Prince Albert areas 5 mm. The Arborfield area has received the most precipitation (298 mm) in the region since April 1. The region could use a significant rain to help fill heads and pods and replenish topsoil moisture.
Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly deteriorated in the region since last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 78 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 85 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and three per cent very short. Crop District 8B is reporting that 13 per cent of the hay land and pasture is very short topsoil moisture at this time.
Most crop damage last week was attributed to lack of moisture, high temperatures and strong winds. Haying is wrapping up for many producers and yields are average to below average overall. Pasture conditions are currently rated as four per cent excellent, 65 per cent good, 23 per cent fair and eight per cent poor.
Producers are busy haying, scouting for pests and getting ready for harvest.
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