Provincial Progress

According to the weekly crop report for July 4th - 10th, most crops across the province are developing normally. 56% of fall cereals, 64% of spring wheat, 62% of oil seeds and 75% of pulse crops are at their normal stage of development.

24% of the hay crop is cut and another 39% is baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 17% excellent, 59% good, 22% fair and 2% poor. Pasture growth has been limited in the past week.

Although a few areas did received moisture, most of the province remains dry. Rainfall will be needed to help crops develop and replenish topsoil.

Cropland topsoil moisture has been rated as 2% surplus, 41% adequate, 46% short and 11% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 3% surplus, 32% adequate, 49% short and 16% very short.

Temperatures and the lack of moisture continue to cause crop damage. Many Southern and Central areas have seen less than 100mm of rain since April 1st. Due to the stress of the heat, crops in these areas are short, thin and heading out or flowering earlier than normal. Other sources of damage include hail, localized flooding, wind and insects.

In the coming weeks, producers will continue haying, scouting for diseases and insects, applying fungicides and hauling grain.

West Central Region Progress

The West Central Region is ahead of the provincial average with 28% of hay crop cut and 44% baled or put into silage.

Shannon Friesen, Crop Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, compared this years progress to 2016, "We are about a week behind where we were at last year overall. Of course, last year things were fairly optimal, lots of rain and lots of moisture in the soil. Crop conditions are in worse shape as well due to lack of moisture and intense heat."

Hay quality is rated as 22% excellent, 44% good, 30% fair and 4% poor. Hay yields are lower than normal, in a few cases by at least 50%.

Friesen says there could be a second chance at haying if the weather improves, "We've heard from producers that hay yields are less than normal, from a quarter to even half of what they would typically expect. Of course, that is still the first cut of hay so if we get some moisture over the next couple of weeks there may be a chance for a second cut."

Producers have been looking for alternatives from hay crop due to the lower yields. Friesen said producers could be using crops as feed this year, "We've already heard that producers have been thinking about using some of their crops as livestock feed. In those cases, we do encourage they talk with crop insurance to see what their options are and a livestock specialist or nutritionist that can help them with proper rations and feeding."

The region continues to have hot and dry weather. A few areas received a small amount of rain. The Dinsmore area had the most rainfall this past week with 35mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions have suffered due to the weather. Cropland moisture is rated as 1% surplus, 53% adequate, 40% short and 6% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at 47% adequate, 40% short and 13% very short.

Overall, crops are still at their normal stages of development and in fair to excellent conditions. Damage can be attributed to the heat, as well as hail, wind and insects.

Friesen notes that the heat could result in lower yields for crops, "If we don't get rain, thing may continue. The heat have actually helped advance the crops. Many areas where things are dry things are prematurely advancing. Ideally, crops tend to flower for a long period of time so we can get more pods and more yield. In some cases with the heat, flowering windows have been shortened, crops are thin and stunted and prematurely advancing."

Producers will be busy haying, applying fungicides and scouting for insects and diseases in the coming weeks.

Ag News

Western Livestock Price Insurance Program continues to see strong uptake by producers

Producers in Saskatchewan got some good news last month when the provincial government restored the PST exemption for premiums paid to agricultural insurance policies, including the Western Livestock…

Emergency meeting held in Ottawa to discuss grain backlog

Grain industry representatives were in Ottawa Monday to address the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food on the grain transportation backlog. Canadian Federation of…

Frustration continues on grain backlog

Members of the All-Party Standing Committee on Agriculture held an emergency meeting yesterday on the current grain backlog situation. Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Vice-President of…

SARM addresses rural crime and grain backlog at Annual Convention

SARM delegates gathered in Regina last week for their Annual Convention. Premier Scott Moe and a number of his cabinet ministers met with delegates to discuss a variety of issues from the grain…

Enough moisture predicted to get crop into the ground

Producers taking part in the West Central Ag Outlook and Cropportunities event had an opportunity to get a bit of a weather preview from Agri-meteorologist Drew Lerner with World Weather Inc. Lerner…

Farmers Against Rural Crime hits over 13,000 people

The momentum continues to build with over 13 thousand people now signed on to the Facebook group Farmers Against Rural Crime. Organizer Nick Cornea is pleased with the response with individuals…

Clubroot Discussed at Annual SARM Convention

At the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention, delegates announced four different resolutions to help deter clubroot in the province. Clubroot is a disease that lives in…

Bigger Cattle Supplies Expected This Spring

The manager and senior analyst with Canfax says cattle producers will be testing demand this year, as we head into some bigger supplies in the spring. Brian Perillat notes fed cattle prices in…

Low populations of wheat midge and grasshoppers forecast

Farmers gathered in Kindersley yesterday for the West Central Ag Outlook. Regional Crop Specialist John Ippolito talked to producers about the Insect and Disease forecast for 2018: "If we look at the…

Pre-applications for 2018-2019 Cash Advance Payment Program now accecpted

Farmers and Ranchers who may need a little extra financial help can access funds through the Federal Government’s 2018-2019 Cash Advance Payments Program. The Cash Advance program is administered… is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Kindersley Community Service Group "Chase The Ace"

12 December 2017 5:00 pm - 20 September 2018 11:00 pm


Kindersley Trip of the Month

18 December 2017 11:00 pm - 30 April 2018 5:00 pm

Kinderlsey, Kindersley

Rosetown AAA Redwings Allan Cup Schedule

05 January 2018 9:30 am - 14 April 2018 10:30 pm

Rosetown Arena, Rosetown

Rosetown Allan Cup "Ticket Purchase"

12 January 2018 9:00 am - 14 April 2018 6:00 pm

Rosetown Arena, Rosetown

Rosetown Senior AAA Provincial Schedule

17 January 2018 9:00 am - 24 March 2018 8:00 pm

Rosetown & Bethune Saskatchewan

Kindersley Outdoor Soccer Registration

05 March 2018 8:00 am - 27 March 2018 6:00 pm

Kindersley online registration

Kindersley Music Festival

11 March 2018 9:00 am - 23 March 2018 6:00 pm