This past week marked a turning point for Saskatchewan crop conditions. With major rainfall in most regions, dry conditions are no longer the biggest concern. In the provincial crop report released yesterday, only 14 per cent of cropland is rated as short for topsoil moisture. The areas rated as very short have all but been erased. In the driest regions, drought has already exacted a toll, but in most cases further crop damage has been halted. The biggest concern now is that crops are two to three weeks behind in many areas and last week saw some freezing temperatures. According to the crop report, the Kelvington area reported frost on two nights and the thermometer fell below zero for three nights in the LeRoy area. Frost was also reported in the Glaslyn and Pierceland areas. I received an email from a producer in the Regina area reporting frost on rooftops early Thursday morning. It isn’t supposed to freeze in July. There could be crops that have their seed set messed up by this touch of frost. In general though, the crop outlook has improved dramatically over the past couple weeks. I’m Kevin Hursh.

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Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC

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