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Rain delays crop development in Saskatchewan

Twenty-six per cent of spring wheat was behind with 18 per cent in the southeast and16 per cent in the southwest.
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MOOSE JAW — With only two per cent of fields left to be seeded farmers are anxiously turning their attention to the skies and hoping for sunny weather.

Rainfall throughout the province and late seeding has delayed crop development.

Crops are most behind normal in the northeast and east central regions where three to four inches of rain had fallen in some areas during the week ended June 4.

Around Moose Jaw, the most rain reported was one inch at Avonlea.

Soil moisture is excellent with crop land eight per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and only two per cent short.

Eighty-seven per cent of pastures have adequate moisture with five per cent surplus and eight per cent short . Hayland moisture is similar.

The weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture indicated from 12 per cent to 26 per cent of crops were behind normal growth stages.

Oilseeds were 34 per cent behind normal, 26 per cent in the southeast and 17 per cent in the southwest.

Twenty-six per cent of spring wheat was behind with 18 per cent in the southeast and16 per cent in the southwest.

Sixteen per cent of fall cereals were behind with 19 per cent of pulse crops in the same pickle.