Warmer weather, combined with some rain, has improved overall provincial crop development.
Saskatchewan Agriculture estimates 62 per cent of spring cereals, 53 per cent of oilseeds and 70 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal growth stage.
The weekly crop report contains information as of Monday, June 12 and does not include the 10 to 50 millimetres of rain received in many areas of the province this week.
"Having that nice, slow rain for a day or two in many areas---particularly in the south---has really helped us along," says Shannon Friesen, a cropping management specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. "Up until early this week, a lot of the topsoil was deteriorating. We had a lot of strong winds and warm days. A lot of producers were concerned about uneven crop germination and stunted hay fields. Overall, the rain has been very beneficial for those who received it."
Some central areas, including Saskatoon, did not get much rain over the past day or two.
"The Outlook-Davidson-Watrous area did not receive much rain over the past couple of days. They are still in good shape for now, but rain will be needed within the next couple of weeks."
Prior to this week's rain, provincial cropland topsoil moisture was rated as seven per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and six per cent very short. There was four per cent surplus moisture on hayland and pastures, 43 percent were rated adequate, 41 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.
The extreme northeast and northwest corners of the grainbelt continue to be the exception with too much topsoil moisture. There is land that will not be seeded around Nipawin, Carrot River and Meadow Lake.
Persistent wind has delayed in-crop weed control in many areas. Cutworms and flea beetles continue to be reported as well. Livestock producers in a number of regions indicate hay yields could be less than expected.