Farmscape for July 11, 2017
Saskatchewan Agriculture reports rain will be needed to maintain yield potential in some parts of the province while crops in the drier areas are already starting to be written off.
Soil moisture conditions throughout Saskatchewan have ranged from extremely dry in parts of the south to marginal to sufficient with excess moisture reported in the Northwest and Northeast.
Brent Flaten, an Integrated Pest Management Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, reports, depending on where there were showers, there are some good crops but in the drier areas things are not looking good.
Clip-Brent Flaten-Saskatchewan Agriculture:
Generally across the province, when you take all of the information and average it out, it's basically normal stages of development for this time of year but some of the crops are behind due to moisture stress, especially in those dry areas where it's been struggling to keep on going.
Late seeded stuff that was late in coming up as well.
Things are moving along but definitely dry conditions have knocked back yield potential provincially and will continue to do so until we get some rain.
Some of the crops are already, basically farmers are writing them off.
A lot of areas, there's good crop there but we need rain now in order for them to fill properly and pod properly.
Flaten says few disease problems have been reported, especially in the drier areas.
However, he notes, where there has been recent moisture farmers are spraying fungicides on lentils or considering spraying for fusarium head blight in the cereals and sclerotinia in canola.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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