Warm conditions and rainfall over the past week have advanced crop development.
Canola and peas are starting to pod, winter cereals and early planted spring cereals are starting to turn.
Fungicide applications are mostly complete.
First cut haying continues, with below average yields in most areas.
Heavy rains early in the week in parts of the Southwest. Newdale and Minnedosa received the highest amounts of 45 to 50 mm. Hot and dry weather during the remainder of the week advanced crop development, and may have resulted in some crop stress. Warm season crops are benefitting more from the warmer weather. Conditions were good for fungicide applications.
Winter wheat and fall rye are in the grain filling stage. Some fields started to turn due to very high temperatures. The majority of spring cereals have finished flowering. Fungicide applications are approximately 70% complete.
Most peas are flowering and the early seeded fields are at pod development stage. Approximately 90% of canola is in the flowering stage. Many fields received a fungicide application for sclerotinia control.
Soybeans are flowering, the majority of the crop is at the R1 stage. Hail damaged crops are catching up nicely. Corn and sunflowers have benefited from the heat and are advancing well. Flax is starting to bloom.
No major insect or disease issues to report. Bertha armyworm numbers are well below threshold level.
Recent rains have helped pastures and water supplies in most areas. Areas that missed the rains remain dry. First cut beef hay is now underway with most crops reported as below average yields. Overgrazed pastures are still at risk as hot sunny weather continues in the area. Alfalfa weevil has been reported in the area, with some fields hit hard.