The recent rains that fell in the southeast were both a blessing and a curse to producers.
"It really depends on where you are in the province," shared Shannon Friesen, a crop extension specialist with Agriculture Saskatchewan. "For the most part, producers are very happy that we finally got some rain and we got significant rain in some areas as well. But of course, if you are in parts of the southwest, you really didn't get a lot. Producers there still have many concerns that conditions are still too dry and that yields may be compromised if they do not get any rain soon."
"If you're in the southeast as well as parts of central and northeast, we're now dealing with a lot of flooding. Even though we needed the moisture, we are now dealing with just a little bit too much."
Lampman received 256 mm of rain last weekend and had to issue a state of emergency.
"That area wasn't dry to begin with either, they did have not optimal moisture levels but it certainly wasn't as dry as other areas. For them to get over 10 inches of rain in short amount of time, that's huge."
"For the most part, we are hopeful that some of that water can recede away and that they're able to reclaim some of those fields as well as start repairing their homes as well."
Due to the rain, the completion of seeding will have to wait a bit. 98% of the crops are now in the ground in southern Saskatchewan.
"Both the southwest and the southeast now have 98% of the crop in. What's left is likely going go into greed seed crops, that's also if producers are able to access those fields. But the good news is that we have the bulk of the crop in and if we are lucky enough to be able to seed the rest that should come hopefully over the next couple of weeks."
The hay crops are also benefitting from the recent rain.
"For the most part, it has been very timely. We have heard some cases where the rain may have been too late and some of the hay has actually prematurely headed out. We are expecting some of those yields to be compromised because the rain came too late or because they did not receive rain at all."
Producers that have their crops in are turning their attention to in-crop pesticide applications.
"Again that is delayed. Mostly because of the crop hasn't been at the right time for us at the moment. Growth and development has been delayed. But now that we have had some moisture and hopefully with some heat, the crops will really be growing as well as the weeds. Over the next couple of weeks, producers will be busy in the fields applying herbicides."