It’s going to take awhile to figure out overall crop conditions following the weather of the past few days. There has been substantial precipitation in most southern regions of the grainbelt. Unfortunately, the moisture didn’t go very far north, largely missing the west central region of the province where soil conditions are the driest. Hay and pasture production is already doomed to be well below normal in this dry region and time is rapidly running out for grain, oilseed and specialty crops. Many parts of the northern grainbelt are also looking for rain. It’ll be interesting to see the accumulated moisture totals to determine exactly which areas received rain and which did not. The other factor is frost. Many areas dropped below freezing last week and frost hit again on the weekend. Frost in June is never good news. It’s getting late enough in the growing season that reseeding a damaged crop is not attractive. Plus, much of the frost damage seems to be in regions where the moisture is too short for establishing a new crop. The crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday should help shed light on the recent events. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC