REGINA - Jul 15/21 - SNS -- Crop conditions in Saskatchewan and other parts of the Canadian Prairies are deteriorating rapidly because of extremely hot and dry weather and minimal rainfall, judging from provincial crop reports.
Saskatchewan Agriculture said, "Currently, 36% of the fall cereals, 29% of the spring cereals, 25% of the oilseed crops and 30% of the pulse crops are ahead of their normal stages of development for this time of year. The majority of crops this week are in poor to good condition."
The prolonged period of heat, coupled with the extremely dry conditions of the topsoil, has caused crops to be short, thin and impulsively advancing in many regions of the province due to the stress. Without a significant rainfall, many crops throughout the province will have their yields and quality severely impacted.
This is generating fear among a large number of farmers that prices will be unable to rise to levels which return a profit.
The topsoil moisture levels across the province also continue to decrease. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14% adequate, 41% short and 45% very poor.
Crop damage this week was caused by the extremely dry soil conditions, hot temperatures, hot dry winds, grasshoppers and severe hail storms that swept through many parts of the province.
Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Development (per cent) Behind Normal Ahead Southeast 4 71 25 Southwest 19 48 33 East Central 8 69 23 West Central 11 58 31 Northeast 3 71 26 Northwest 11 54 35 All 13 57 30 SOURCE: Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
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