Saskatchewan crops harmed by warm, dry weather

Wed Jul 9, 2008 10:53am EDT
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Warm and dry weather in Saskatchewan, Canada's largest crop-growing province, allowed farmers to make good progress with haying during the past week but also caused some crop damage in areas that needed rain, according to the provincial crop report.

* Hay yield estimate of dryland/brome alfalfa was 2 tonnes per hectare, 10 percent below 10-year average.

* Topsoil moisture conditions deteriorated from last week. 47 percent of crop land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.

* Fall cereals were 9 percent in shotblade stage, 73 percent heading, 17 percent in dough stage.

* Spring cereals averaged 32 percent in the jointed stage, 43 percent in shotblade stage, 14 percent in the headed stage.

* Flax crops 22 percent in the seedling stage, 67 percent in the stem extension stage, 9 percent in the flowering stage.

* Canola and mustard crops were 9 percent at the seedling stage, 45 percent in the rosette stage, 45 percent at the flowering stage.

* Pulse crops were 40 percent in the vegetative stage, 56 percent in the flowering stage, 4 percent in the pod stage.

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