The latest crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture shows that producers in the southeast have been working through challenging weather to complete herbicide applications before moving on to fungicide applications and continuing haying operations.

There were varying amounts of rainfall throughout the week, with a few areas reporting hail. Topsoil moisture continues to be adequate within the region, with some areas reporting an increase to surplus moisture, while others report increases in short moisture.

The Langenburg area reported the highest rainfall at 90 mm, followed by Ituna at 87 mm. Meanwhile, Stoughton reported 12 mm, and the Radville area reported 8 mm over the past week.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated at 15 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 9 per cent short, and 1 per cent very short.

Hayland topsoil moisture is reported at 5 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 9 per cent short, and 2 per cent very short.

Pasture topsoil moisture is 4 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short, and 3 per cent very short.

Pasture conditions vary throughout the region: 32 per cent of pastures are rated as excellent, 45 per cent good, 18 per cent fair, 3 per cent poor, and 2 per cent very poor.

Haying is beginning within the region. One per cent of the hay crop is cut, with 2 per cent baled or silaged. Hay quality is rated as 22 per cent excellent, 71 per cent good, and 7 per cent fair.

Excess wind and moisture have caused some crop damage in areas throughout the region, with some areas reporting severe damage. Flooding in low-lying areas, along with other areas being fully saturated has contributed to crop stress.

Monitoring for pests and disease development will continue throughout the region.

Minor to moderate crop damage can be attributed to hail and waterfowl, with gophers continuing to cause moderate to severe damage in a few areas.

Cooler temperatures have slowed grasshopper development throughout the region, with a few areas reporting minor to moderate crop damage.

Flea beetles are present in the region, and as the canola continues to advance, they are becoming less of a concern.

The continued presence of root rot, leaf disease in cereals, and the start of pulse disease development have been reported by producers.

Producers will now work to apply fungicides to slow disease progression in their fields.