By Saskatchewan Agriculture
A week of wild weather has provided moisture relief to many areas of the province, but strong winds and hail have damaged some fields. Overall, the condition of the majority of crops ranges from fair to excellent, according to Saskatchewan's Agriculture's weekly crop report.
High temperatures and lack of rain are the largest sources of crop damage, and in some areas localized flooding, strong winds and hail have damaged crops. The recent heat has damaged flowering crops such as canola.
Producers have been applying fungicides for diseases such as sclerotinia in canola and Fusarium head blight in cereals. In some areas of the province, the risk for Fusarium head blight has increased from low to moderate. In spring wheat, the risk for Fusarium increased from low to moderate in northwest Saskatchewan. In winter wheat, the risk for Fusarium increased to high in North Battleford. To learn more about risks and application practices, Fusarium risk assesment maps are available from SaskWheat.
For more information about percipitation levels, top soil moisture conditions and hay progress read the full crop report.