Roller coaster year for Moose Jaw farmers
Crops have suffered a great deal of damage from the wind and hailstorms this past week.
“A lot of areas have reported crop damage, hail damage,” said Patrick Mooleki of the provincial agriculture ministry for the Moose Jaw area. “Some tornadoes were reported. Some touched in several areas. Damages of a great deal were reported ... We did have some flooding damage. ”
While he didn’t have an exact number of crop damage reports, Mooleki said reports came in from all over the province and southeastern and northeastern regions of Saskatchewan were hit particularly hard. Most of the crop damage is because of flooding, wind, hail, insects and disease.
But with a bit of sunshine, some crops will likely recover, Mooleki said.
“(Some of the) crops will be able to regenerate,” said Mooleki. “Once you have hail damage, the next couple of days it may look like there’s a lot of damage, but they’re probably very resilient and they can pick up some growth and that can be corrected probably within the next few days.”
He said after a week of assessment for hail damage, producers should know if they will have coverage. However, the deadline for reporting seeded greenfeed acres was Thursday. Mooleki said, “basically seeding is done.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.