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Topsoil moisture conditions improve slightly in Sask.

June 19, 2015 - Much of Saskatchewan received scattered rainfall this past week 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. 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.

Crop damage was mainly caused by lack of moisture, hail, and insects such as grasshoppers and flea beetles.

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