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Oilseed Crops Seeing Delays in Central Saskatchewan

A quick drive-around survey will confirm the latest Agriculture Ministry crop report for the week. In spite of recent rainfalls, area crops are rated as poor to good with oilseed crops bearing the brunt of an early season drought.
 
The Agriculture Ministry Report rates the majority of crops in the northeast and east-central regions as being behind in developmental stages. Compared to other regions in the province, notably the southeast which received earlier rains, oilseed crops appeared delayed and patchy. Some were subjected to a May frost that provided another setback. Fall cereal crops have fared better with 69 percent of the crop near normal development for this time of year. 64 percent of pulse crops and 46 percent of spring cereals are near normal, while only 28 percent of oilseeds are at the same state. 
 
The heaviest rains during the reporting week ending July 1 fell in the Star City area with 58 mm confirmed. South of Humboldt, both Raymore and Allan reported 23 mm. While rainfall amounts are generally reported to be adequate, producers indicate that more moisture will be needed to carry the crops through the next few weeks. 
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