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Saskatchewan crop progress amid 'wild' weather

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Saskatchewan’s 2019 crop is on average 63% towards normal stage of development, according to the Canadian province’s latest weekly agricultural report.

Sixty-three per cent of the winter and spring cereals, 53% of the oilseeds, and 73% of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.

"Crop conditions vary throughout the province," said the province’s agriculture department, after a week which brought hail, severe winds and some crop damage to areas of the province, "but the majority are in poor-to-good condition".

Sources of crop damage this week include localized flooding, strong winds, hail, lack of moisture and insects such as grasshoppers and aphids.

The department said rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 90 mm in the Frobisher area. The Kyle area reported 60 mm, the Saltcoats area 22 mm, the Biggar area 28 mm, the Hudson Bay area 12 mm and the Glaslyn area 13 mm.

Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 2% surplus, 84% adequate, 13% short and 1% very short. Topsoil moisture on the hay land and pasture is rated as 1% surplus, 79% adequate, 19% short, and 1% very short.

There are reports of disease issues in pulse crops caused by root rot. Some producers have been spraying for diseases such as fusarium head blight in cereal crops and sclerotinia in canola where environmental conditions warrant application.

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