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Saskatchewan crop year quietly drying up

Agriculture.com Staff 07/25/2006 @ 1:36pm

It hasn't come from Sask Agriculture, so I guess a farmer has to say what he has seen in fields around Saskatchewan. We have a lady who reports on crop conditions throughout the province, but someone sure doesn't want to say what I am going to say.

The crop is in serious deterioration. There hasn't been a meaningful rain since the last week of June. Very few areas have received showers to ease the drought conditions caused by a massive upper level high pressure or heat dome.

Crops look Ok in some areas from the road, but once you walk in you see the damage. First cut hay will be excellent, but the second will be non existent. Canola is blasted, and all late crops are going down hill fast. Early peas will do all right, but the later will suffer.

Some grain companies feel we will have an average crop. Ha ha! That's a laugh. They say this because they need volume for business. Funny thing, on our farm well over 12 inches fell in 6 weeks between May long and end of June. Then virtually nothing fell.

The markets are trading sideways and haven't even begun to realize what is happening in western Canada and the U.S. There is land in Saskatchewan that won't be harvested because the field is gone. Then there is the large amount of acres that were seeded late or didn't get seeded at all. No one seems to see this. And, finally, end use stocks for canola -- this is the world's biggest joke. Most most guys that grow big acres of canola or even small have empty bins now because that's the only cash flow that has been available to them.

Federal and provincial programs have been of no help. One company has 100 cars to fill this week and is hauling grain from other location to help fill the order. Yes, there are lots of products left on the farm.

The problem this year is shallow root system, extreme heat, and to much time between major rain events. This has created a crop that will easily be 25% below last year's numbers across the board for all crops.

It hasn't come from Sask Agriculture, so I guess a farmer has to say what he has seen in fields around Saskatchewan. We have a lady who reports on crop conditions throughout the province, but someone sure doesn't want to say what I am going to say.

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