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Farmers battling dry soil in many parts of Saskatchewan despite recent heavy rainfall

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There is crop damage and rapidly drying soils, despite recent heavy rainfall.   (Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - image credit)
There is crop damage and rapidly drying soils, despite recent heavy rainfall. (Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - image credit)

Despite the heavy rain that fell two weeks ago in Saskatchewan, dry soil is still a concern, according to the province's latest crop report.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture says there is rapidly drying soil, crop damage and delayed herbicide application because of strong, dry winds in many areas of the province.

The topsoil moisture across Saskatchewan is also declining due to high temperatures and non-stop winds.

"Most farmers need more rain, especially in the southern and west central regions of the province, where it is needed to sustain crop and pasture growth," the report says.

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Farmers worried

Some producers are concerned about their ability to support cattle this summer without more rain.

Even though some areas are hot, there have been isolated reports of frost — mainly in the central and northern regions — which has farmers particularly worried about canola.

Overall, however, the ministry is reporting that crop development in most areas is at a normal stage for this time of year.

Farmers have been scouting and spraying their fields when they can.

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