For early June, crop development is was behind where it should be. The crop report released yesterday by the Ministry of Agriculture says 60 to 80 per cent of Saskatchewan crops are behind normal in development. In the areas I’ve travelled, a lot of crop is yet to emerge. Over the past couple days I’ve travelled from Saskatoon to the Calgary area and back. West Central Saskatchewan is the driest part of the province and conditions aren’t pretty. There are very few crops with decent germination and development. In a large percentage of seeded fields, there’s no crop emergence that you can see from the road. In many other fields, there are only faint patches of green. A lot of the native pasture has little or no new growth. Pasture that’s seen significant grazing pressure is about as bare as a city sidewalk. Usually by early June post emergent herbicide application is in full swing. Not this year. Crops everywhere are late and the dry zones are expanding. Provincially, most crops are still rated as fair to good. In West Central Saskatchewan, a large percentage of the crop is rated as poor or very poor. Crop ratings in every region are going to decline without significant rain. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC