Warm weather improves Saskatchewan crop conditions
By Top Crop Manager
July 25, 2014 - Warm weather in Saskatchewan has helped advance many crops and the majority are in fair to excellent condition, according to the province's latest crop report.
Rain during the week of July 15-21 ranged from trace amounts to 84 mm in the Nipawin area of Saskatchewan. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Some areas in the south are drier than normal and will soon need moisture to help crops mature and fill.
Storms moved through the province last week, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and hail. Other sources of crop damage include insects such as grasshoppers and wheat midge and diseases such as root rot and leaf spots.
Farmers are busy haying and controlling insects and crop disease.