Many Sask. crops ruined by heavy rains

Justin Crann
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Moose Jaw better off than some regions

Unless they are on high ground, a lot of producers have lost portions of their crops to the recent storms across Saskatchewan.

"The flooding we have seen in the province has drowned out a lot of crops and they have yellowed off. There's likely to be significant damage in a lot of areas," said Shannon Friesen with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. "Some of those crops can only stay underwater for so many days."

Friesen said Saskatchewan Agriculture should be expecting more crop insurance claims this year due to the losses.

However, there are likely to be fewer claims from the area immediately surrounding Moose Jaw.

"It really depends on where the producers are in the area," said Friesen. "South of town, they had the right amount of rain and with all of the sunshine, crops are really looking good. North of town, we've had flooding issues and some of those crops are behind.

"Heading toward Regina, some crops are still underwater and there are a lot of drowned out pulses," she added.

For the crops that are still able to be saved, "the sun will be helpful."

"Hopefully the sun sticks around for a good amount of time. There's ample moisture in the ground and some of that needs to dry up," said Friesen.

Though "it's still too early to figure out what the full impact will be," she noted that Saskatchewan will "not likely" see the record crop it enjoyed last year.

"Unless everything else really falls into place, we'll just have an average crop this year," said Friesen. "That's how it goes. One year, you have the best crops ever. But fortune can turn around quickly."

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Organizations: Agriculture Knowledge Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Regina

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