Saskatchewan Agriculture is reporting drier topsoil moisture conditions on cropland, pastures and hayland.
The lastest crop report estimates 49 per cent of provincial cropland has adequate topsoil moisture---down from 61 per cent last week. Thirty-seven per cent of cropland falls into the short of topsoil moisture category, with another 9 per cent very short. Only four per cent, in the extreme northwest and northeast, have surplus topsoil moisture ratings.
The driest areas are between the Trans Canada Highway and the U.S. border, including Coronach, Val Marie and Maple Creek. However, the dry areas are expanding further north into the Outlook, Rosetown, Elbow, Watrous and Saskatoon regions.
Topsoil moisture will be a growing concern with two weeks of very warm and dry weather in the forecast.
Overall, crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year; however, there are some crops that are behind due to moisture stress. Twenty-six per cent of fall cereals are in the dough stage while nine percent of spring cereals are heading. Thirty per cent of canola and 37 per cent of pulse crops are flowering.