CARLYLE - Throughout most of the southeast, growing conditions are very good as moisture is abundant and there have been some warm days over the past week. Due to a delay in seeding for many producers, some crops will be just now emerging but they should catch up as long as conditions remain favourable. Producers who have missed the last week of rain have noticed how quickly their fields have dried out.
There was general rain across the region with areas. The Weyburn and Stoughton areas received 84 mm, the Tantallon area 62 mm, the Whitewood area 41 mm and the Carnduff area 21 mm. Rainfall varied in the region with some of the lowest volumes received being less than five mm.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and eleven per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short.
Regionally, 61 per cent of the fall cereals, 39 per cent of the spring cereals, 36 per cent of the oilseed crops and 51 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. Twenty-eight per cent of the fall cereals, 56 per cent of the spring cereals, 63 per cent of the oilseed crops and 46 per cent of the pulse crops are behind in crop development.
The wind stalled producers from making any progress spraying for weeds and insect pests such as flea beetle and grasshoppers. Across the region, gophers have become a noticeable problem in both pasture and cropland with moderately sized areas being eaten. Producers are busy trying to keep the population down through various methods.