As July progresses, Saskatchewan’s west-central and southwest regions are bustling with the onset of the harvest season. Combines are now a common sight in these areas. Meanwhile, other parts of the province are gearing up for harvest, with crops maturing rapidly due to the prevailing hot and dry conditions. With the harvest in full swing, producers eagerly await rain to restore soil moisture for the upcoming year.
- The northern region experienced some rainfall this past week, with pockets of moisture providing relief.
- Hail was reported in certain areas.
- Prince Albert received the highest rainfall, recording 53 mm, while the Shellbrook region followed closely with 47 mm.
- Other regions saw minimal precipitation, with many areas reporting only trace amounts.
- The persistent hot temperatures and the scanty rainfall have led to a decline in soil moisture levels.
Soil Moisture Conditions:
- Cropland topsoil moisture: 13% adequate, 49% short, and 38% very short.
- Hay and pasture land: 11% adequate, 42% short, and 47% very short.
- 5% in good condition.
- 28% fair.
- 42% poor.
- 25% in very poor condition.
- Drought stress, heat, grasshoppers, and gophers have adversely affected crops.
- Many farmers have ceased the use of pest control products. Those continuing are advised to adhere to label instructions and respect pre-harvest intervals. More details can be found in the Guide to Crop Protection.
Support for Producers:
- Dry conditions can be taxing for producers. They are urged to prioritize safety in all operations.
- The Farm Stress Line is available toll-free at 1‑800‑667‑4442 for support.
- Additional resources for producers grappling with dry conditions can be accessed on the ministry website or by contacting their regional office.
Crop Conditions as of July 24, 2023:
- Grains: Winter wheat, fall rye, spring wheat, durum, oat, barley, and canary seed showed varying conditions, with the majority in fair to good condition.
- Oilseeds & Pulses: Flax, canola, mustard, soybean, pea, lentil, and chickpea also displayed a range of conditions. Notably, soybeans had 80% in good condition, while mustard showed 26% in deplorable condition.
Farmers across Saskatchewan remain vigilant, monitoring their crops and hoping for favorable weather conditions as the harvest season progresses.