Going by the weather these days, farmers are busy wrapping up any remaining herbicide applications, some getting set to move into fungicide applications if not having done so already.

The upcoming forecast is showing some strong heat on the way, the anticipated prairie blaze expected to advance haying operations within the region according to the latest crop report for west-central. Haying is currently at two per cent of the hay crop cut, with two per cent baled or silaged. Quality is rated 22 per cent excellent, 75 per cent good, and three per cent fair. The report also shared that pasture conditions are currently strong, reading 51 per cent excellent, 42 per cent good, six per cent fair, and one per cent poor.

Crops are also being helped out by the heat, with another strong week of growing ahead. The local breakdown for crops laid out in the report is as follows:

  • Six per cent of winter cereals are in the tillering stage, six per cent at stem elongation, 25 per cent at flag leaf, 50 per cent heading and 13 per cent at the dough stage.
  • Six per cent of spring cereals are at the seedling stage, 40 per cent tillering, 35 per cent at stem elongation, 16 per cent at flag leaf and three per cent heading.
  • Four per cent of pulse crops are at the seedling stage with 85 per cent at the vegetative stage of development and 11 per cent flowering.
  • Eight per cent of canola and mustard are at the seedling stage, 66 per cent at the rosette stage, 20 per cent bolting and six per cent at the flowering stage.
  • Thirteen per cent of the flax is at the seedling stage with 86 per cent at stem elongation and one per cent flowering.

The report also focused heavily on localized rainfall. While west-central didn't lead the way provincially, the Rosetown and Biggar areas totaled rainfall amounts of 130 and 120 respectively over the latest reporting period.

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Read about any potential excess moisture issues in the first related story above. Battering rains to end June added to an already pretty wet picture, but crop insurance doesn't seem to be a topic of conversation, unlike other parts of the province such as the northeast. Hail damage also caused for minor to moderate crop damage, heavy winds being the cause for some minor damage as well.

Any crops in areas of excess moisture may begin to show crop yellowing, stunting and root rot development according to the report. Also, the presence of root rots, leaf diseases in cereals and the start of pulse disease development are also being monitored.

Pests are also becoming a problem for crops, gophers aiding in minor to severe damage at times, grasshoppers and flea beetles causes minor damage.

Find a complete in-depth look at the region's status through the Ministry of Agricultures special dashboard for west-central.