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Unsettled weather over the past week caused isolated thunderstorms in some parts of the Northwest Region. Soil moisture conditions range from dry in some parts of the Swan Valley to adequate in most other areas of the region.
Warm and humid weather conditions in the Central Region, allowing for rapid crop growth. Most areas have adequate moisture. Unsettled weather conditions later in the week and on the weekend resulted in heavy thundershowers, with some reports of hail. Most of the region received rainfall with amounts ranging from 5 to 125 mm. Rain and winds resulted in many lodged cereal crops. The heavy rainfall in some areas also led to field runoff and filling up of ditches temporarily.
In the Eastern Region, warm temperatures and high humidity levels continued along with almost daily isolated rainfall events or thunderstorms of varying severity. Rainfall accumulations ranged from trace amounts to over 55 mm, with large accumulations occurring as a part of sudden thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts were generally higher in central and southern districts. Across the Eastern Region, fields show increasing evidence of standing water and areas where crop is drowned out. Some more crop lodging, particularly in cereals, also occurred. Soil moisture conditions on crop land are rated as adequate to surplus. There is increasing concern about excess moisture and producers are looking for sunny, dry weather in the coming weeks.
Spring cereal crops are in the late milk to soft and hard dough growth stages. Some early seeded fields are in late hard dough. Winter wheat is at hard dough to ripe. Canola is podding and filling. Soybeans range from late R2 to R3. Sunflowers range from R4 to R5 stages with corn at tasseling to silking.
To date, insect concerns remain limited. Reports of Phytophthora root rot in soybeans increased significantly over the last week. Preharvest glyphosate applications began on winter cereals over the weekend and some fungicide applications on sunflowers to prevent sclerotinia head rot also occurred.
Across the region, the majority of hay and pasture lands are in good condition. Haying resumed as producers were stopped due to rainfall. For first cut hay, it is estimated that 25% is standing, 15% is cut and 60% is baled or put up as silage. Quality is rated as good. Pastures are doing well. Dugouts are full of water and availability of livestock water is adequate.