For the Period June 9 to 15, 2015
One year ago
Producers had 95 per cent of the crop in the ground. Cool weather and heavy rain delayed crop development in much of the province.
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SK Crop Development – June 15
% Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 32 51 17
Spring Cereals 7 60 33
Oilseeds 4 53 43
Pulse Crops 8 56 36

Much of the province received scattered rainfall that helped replenish topsoil moisture conditions in some regions. However, significant rain is needed soon in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate despite the recent rain. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 45 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 17 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 33 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 24 per cent very short. Much of the hay is in poor condition and concerns about feed shortages continue. The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products: http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing#bmk

Crop development is delayed in some areas, mainly due to cool and dry weather. Fifty-one per cent of fall cereals, 60 per cent of spring cereals, 53 per cent of oilseeds and 56 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. The majority of crops are in fair to good condition. Crop damage was mainly caused by lack of moisture, hail and insects such as grasshoppers and flea beetles.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and hauling grain.

SK (provincial) Crop Conditions – June 15, 2015
Winter wheat
Fall rye
Spring wheat
Durum
Oat
Barley
Canaryseed
% excellent
4
3
6
2
8
6
2
% good
36
19
51
39
63
53
41
% fair
51
14
33
47
23
34
34
% poor
6
17
9
9
5
6
15
% very poor
3
47
1
3
1
1
8
Flax
Canola
Mustard
Soybean
Pea
Lentil
Chickpea
% excellent
3
3
1
8
4
3
0
% good
48
44
32
61
49
44
55
% fair
42
36
45
29
36
39
44
% poor
6
13
19
2
9
11
1
% very poor
1
4
3
0
2
3
0

East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 – Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A – Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)

EC SK Crop Development – June 15
% Ahead
% Normal
% Behind
Fall Cereals
11
74
15
Spring Cereals
5
67
28
Oilseeds
2
56
42
Pulse Crops
4
71
25

Varying amounts of rain fell in the region helping to replenish dry soil conditions in many areas. However, more rain will be needed soon to help crops, hay and pasture develop. The Rose Valley area received 63 mm of rain, bringing the total received since April 1 to 112 mm. There are several reports of hail, strong winds and light frost damaging crops.

The recent rain slightly improved cropland topsoil moisture conditions in some areas, although hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are deteriorating. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 55 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 43 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short and nine per cent very short.

Emerged crops are slow to develop and much of the re-seeded canola crops remain small. There are also varying stages of crop in many fields, making pesticide application timing difficult. Seventy-four per cent fall cereals, 67 per cent of spring cereals, 56 per cent of oilseeds and 71 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Most crops in the region are in fair to good condition, although rain and warm weather is needed. The majority of crop damage was caused by lack of moisture, flea beetles, hail and frost. Producers are spraying weeds as weather and crop development allows.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and hauling grain.