A trio of problems is threatening the Saskatchewan crop – drought, frost and delayed development. Delayed development is a concern in most regions. In lots of fields, you have to get down on your hands and knees and maybe brush away some soil to find emerging plants. Some early-seeded crop has decent growth, but overall development is no where near normal. Usually by this point in June, post-emergent herbicide application is well underway. Not this year. Producers are still waiting for crops and weeds to develop. Many areas have received frost. Every year, there is frost concern somewhere and talk of reseeding. This spring, the frost damage is much more widespread and the reseeding is more than just talk. Crops in all parts of the province will need rapid development to beat the first fall frost. On top of the cold spring, west central Saskatchewan is facing a serious drought with other areas not far behind. It may seem a bit premature in June to predict how the Saskatchewan crop is going to turn out, but the odds right now are for below average production with below average quality. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC