Crops beginning to recover with sunshine

Perry Bergson
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A bit more sun and a lot less rain have Saskatchewan crops headed in the right direction.

While some areas of the province are still suffering from plenty of extra moisture, the majority of crops are now considered to be in fair to excellent condition, although many are behind normal developmental stages.  

Crops lagging behind include 50 per cent of fall cereals, 57 per cent of spring cereals, 61 per cent of oilseeds and 46 per cent of pulses.

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report said on Thursday that 25 per cent of the 2014 hay crop is cut and 15 per cent baled or put into silage; so far, 17 per cent is rated as excellent in quality, 74 per cent good, eight per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Topsoil moisture conditions are improving in many areas, while others will soon require moisture. Topsoil moisture on Saskatchewan cropland is rated as 17 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.  

Meanwhile, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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