REGINA - Saskatchewan's latest crop report says farmers throughout the province are expecting below-average yields this year. Livestock producers already have 15 per cent of their hay cut and 75 per cent baled and put into silage, but a second cut is "extremely unlikely." The report, which covers the period from July 20 to July 26, says any rain now is too late to raise yields this year — but would have a positive effect for next year. Weeks of intense heat and very little rain — as well as strong winds, hail and grasshoppers — have "rapidly deteriorated crop conditions," the report says. Most Saskatchewan crops are rated as "poor" to "fair" quality.
The Saskatchewan government is increasing some rebates for livestock producers and is reminding farmers that a stress line is available 24-7 at 1-800-667-4442.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.