Crops in Saskatchewan ‘extremely stressed’ due to heat, lack of moisture

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Crops successful Saskatchewan are “extremely stressed” owed to a deficiency of moisture and blistery conditions, Saskatchewan Agriculture reported Thursday.

Saskatchewan Ag said crops proceed to beforehand rapidly owed to the vigor and adust conditions, though determination was a flimsy interruption from the vigor owed to clouds and wildfire smoke.

Any rainfall received present volition help, but not amended yields, Sask Ag said successful Thursday’s crop report.

There were reports of rainfall successful parts of the state successful the past week, with the astir — 75 millimetres — reported successful the Redvers region.

The Kisbey and Stoughton areas received 34 millimetres of rainfall and the Kindersley country received 2 millimetres.

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The deficiency of rainfall continues to interaction ungraded conditions, with implicit fractional the onshore present precise abbreviated connected moisture.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated 8 per cent adequate, 39 per cent abbreviated and 53 per cent precise short.

Hay and pasture onshore topsoil moisture are rated six per cent adequate, 31 per cent abbreviated and 63 per cent precise short.

Hay yields are reported to beryllium good beneath mean and Sask Ag said astir producers are unsure if determination volition beryllium a 2nd cut.

Estimated mean dryland hay yields are 0.70 tons per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/brome grass, 0.60 tons per acre for different tame hay and chaotic hay and 1 ton per acre for greenfeed.

Estimated mean irrigated hay yields are 1.79 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.67 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass and 1.23 tons per acre for greenfeed.

Hay prime is presently rated 8 per cent excellent, 51 per cent good, 32 per cent just and 9 per cent poor.

Low hay yields and prime are causing concerns for producers that determination whitethorn not beryllium capable provender disposable for cattle into the winter.

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Many cereal crops that person headed retired are not processing kernels and immoderate producers person elected to chopped these crops arsenic greenfeed, Sask Ag reported.

It is encouraging producers to see alternate uses for crops that volition not make owed to a important shortage of livestock feed.

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation said it is doubling the debased output appraisal threshold values for its customers who salvage their cereal oregon pulse crops arsenic feed, without negatively impacting aboriginal idiosyncratic coverage.

SCIC said customers should interaction their section bureau archetypal to sermon options earlier they graze, bale oregon silage immoderate damaged crops.

The Saskatchewan authorities said it is providing alleviation to livestock producers by temporarily expanding the maximum backing from the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure programme from $50,000 to $150,000.

The programme is for dugouts, wells and pipelines for agriculture use, with the archetypal $50,000 based connected a 50-50 cost-share and the remaining $100,000 connected a 70-30 government-producer cost-share.

More accusation connected the programme is disposable by contacting the Agriculture Knowledge Centre astatine 1-866-457-2377.

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