Haying moving along; crops slightly behind

By paNOW Staff
July 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

According to the province's most recent crop report, Prince Albert and region is bit of a mixed bag. While haying is progressing, some crops are slightly behind. Some regions are hoping for sunshine, and others for rain.  

Eighteen per cent of hay crop in the region has been cut, and 14 per cent is baled or siloed. Quality is rated at 78 per cent good, though yields in some areas lower than expected.

Fall cereals are doing the best in the region with only 16 per cent of them considered behind their normal progress. Spring cereals, pulse crops, and oilseeds are continuously progressing, however, 42, 43, and 40 per cent of these crops respectively, are rated behind.

Overall, crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. 

Rainfall this past week ranged from small amounts to 40 mm in the Lake Lenore area. Nipawin holds the regional and provincial record for the most precipitation since April 1, with 453 mm. 

No suprise then that Nipawin and Carrot River's topsoil moisture is considered saturated, yet while other areas need significant rainfall. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as six per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and six per cent very short. 


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