Weather still leading factor in sluggish crop progress

Justin Crann
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The crops are still in good condition, but the weather isn’t helping with their progress.

“Time has simply worn on and the weather hasn’t co-operated,” said Shannon Friesen with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. “Some producers may still be seeding green seed crops such as oats, as long as weather permits.”

The problem is the overcast skies and high volume of rainfall that have, for the most part, characterized the past month.

“It’s already July and it’s supposed to be getting hot now,” explained Friesen. “(But) this recent bout of rain will hamper some development and we’re quite behind … what we really need is some sunshine to bring things forward and help dry up the fields so the crops can start advancing.”

In fact, Friesen said, “things look a little grim.”

“It’s grey out every day, and it’s raining. There’s a lot of crops in standing water or saturated soil,” she explained.

But crops can turn around quickly, she noted.

“It doesn’t take much heat to really get things going,” said Friesen. “All we can do is hope that the sun is going to come out and help things along.”

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Organizations: Agriculture Knowledge Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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