Haying progress continues for Saskatchewan livestock producers with 82 per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and 60 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report for the period of July 23 to 29.
Rain was reported in most areas during the past week, which has reduced hay quality in the swath. Seventy per cent of the provincial hay crop is rated as good in quality.
The majority of crops are in good to excellent condition. Eighty-four per cent of spring wheat, 82 per cent of canola, 81 per cent of lentils and 88 per cent of peas are in good to excellent condition.
Most parts of the province received varying amounts of rain last week ranging from trace to 43 mm. Disease, insects and localized flooding caused the majority of crop damage. Grasshoppers and bertha armyworm have been reported in some areas.
Across the province, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as nine per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short.
Farmers are busy haying, controlling insects and getting ready for harvest.