Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas;
Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas
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Crops are quickly advancing in the region, thanks to recent rain and heat. Overall, crops remain in good condition, although crops in some areas will need moisture in the coming weeks to fill heads and pods.
Scattered storms brought varying amounts of rain to the region, along with strong winds and hail that have damaged some crops. Rainfall ranged from small amounts to 64 mm in the Nipawin area. The Porcupine Plain area reported 53 mm of rain, the Tisdale area 19 mm, the Star City area 36 mm, the Arborfield area 43 mm, the Melfort area 48 mm, the Birch Hills area 61 mm and the Garrick area 35 mm. The Arborfield area has received the most precipitation (255 mm) in the region since April 1.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate, four per cent short and two per cent very short. Although topsoil moisture has drastically improved since last week, Crop District 8A is reporting that 20 per cent of the cropland and 13 per cent of the hay land and pasture have surplus topsoil moisture at this time.
Livestock producers now have 19 per cent of the hay crop cut and 17 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality at this time is rated as 20 per cent excellent and 80 per cent good.
The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, hail and lack of moisture. Many of the canola crops have been damaged by heat blasting with the recent high temperatures. Producers continue to spray for sclerotinia in canola and fusarium head blight in cereal crops in most areas of the regions.
Farmers are busy haying, spraying fungicides and scouting for insects and disease.