Saskatchewan crops continue steady decline as moisture situation becomes more dire


There are plenty of acres in Western Canada that are seeing significant drought stress.

Much of Saskatchewan started the growing season with adequate amounts of precipitation, but then came the heat, and the taps turned off.

85 per cent of the province’s cropland and 92 per cent of hay and pasture land in Saskatchewan is short or very short on moisture, according to weekly crop report released by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture on July 27.

Jon Driedger of LeftField Commodity Research joined RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney to discuss the crop report and what it means for yield expectations.

Crop topsoil moisture map, via July 27 Saskatchewan crop report

“Certainly with a sharp drop like that…we had already been walking our yields down over the last couple of weeks, because of the dryness. We’d been a little cautious about being too aggressive, too soon,” he explains. “Saskatchewan is the largest province, their ratings are going down…that’s going to have an impact on overall average yields.”

A lot of attention has been paid to spring wheat and canola acres, but pulse crop potential is dropping as well.

“It’s not just the dryness and aggregate, but an element of concentration in some areas where pulses are growing. So in the case of lentils, we’re actually not that far above 2021 levels on a said good-to-excellent rating. In the case of peas, it’s similar as well,” Driedger explains. “They’ve been hit just like everything else.

“Saskatchewan is such an enormously important producers of all crops, but particularly pulses.”

Check out the full conversation between Driedger and Haney, below:

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