2016 Saskatchewan crop development well ahead of normal

Warm weather and rain in the past week are having a positive effect on the 2016 Saskatchewan crop.

According to the weekly crop report, growth and development are well ahead of normal for this time of year, with the majority of the crops reported to be in good-to-excellent condition.

Earlier this week, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan said some crops could be harvested in as soon as 30 days.

APAS president Norm Hall said the potential for a larger than average crop in Saskatchewan and across the prairies grows each week.

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    The weekly crop report states that “99 per cent of fall cereals, 96 per cent of pulse crops, 95 per cent of spring cereals and 94 per cent of oilseeds are at or ahead of their normal stage of development for this time of year.”

    The report also found that while excessive moisture is a concern in some areas, less than two per cent of the cropland and pasture is considered flooded.

    Topsoil moisture is rated at 86 per cent adequate, six per cent surplus and eight per cent short, while hay land and pasture is rated at 86 per cent adequate, three per cent surplus and 11 per cent short.

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    The area most in need of moisture is crop district 4B in the southwest, where moisture is rated 38 per cent short on crop land and 45 per cent short on hay land and pasture.

    The wettest district is CD2B in the southeast part of the province, which is rated 26 per cent surplus on crop land and 20 per cent surplus on pasture and hay land.

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