Saskatchewan Agriculture's bi-weekly crop condition tables point to a significant decline in crop condition, expected after the extreme temperatures reached over an extended period early in the month.
As seen on the attached chart, the current crop condition index (CCI) calculated for select crops (blue bars) ranged mostly from 13 points for barley to 64 points for oats. The two extremes shown are for durum, with a CCI of minus 20, to 141 for soybeans.
Over the past two weeks, which included record-breaking temperatures on the Prairies, the CCI drop across the selected crops ranged from just 9 points for soybeans to 131 points for durum, while averaging a 78.4 drop across the 10 crops shown.
When compared to the five-year average CCI for mid-July (green bars), the current soybean CCI is down 17.5% from average while the durum CCI is 112.4% below average. On average, the CCI for these 10 crops is down 75% from the five-year average.
The crop condition index shows a clear distinction between regions of the province. The largest spread in reported crop conditions across the province may be seen from the Southeast Region to the Southwest Region. The CCI calculated for the Southeast region is 118 for spring wheat (-38), 90 for canola (-64) and 106 for durum (-52), with the Southwest CCI shown in brackets.
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