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Dry weather putting strain on Sask. farmers
Dry crops in SE SK
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, August 6, 2017 4:01PM CST
REGINA - Agriculture Canada says there are severe drought conditions in much of southern Saskatchewan, with some areas of extreme drought.
Environment Canada figures show Regina had only 1.8 millimetres of rain last month -- the driest July in 130 years.
It was the driest July ever recorded in Moose Jaw, which got 4.3 millimetres of rain in July, beating a record of 4.6 millimetres set in 1929.
Area cattle producers are facing poor grazing conditions and limited hay cutting -- and there's growing concern about possible feed shortages.
Todd Lewis, who farms in Gray, south of Regina, says canola is taking the hardest hit and might only yield half the crop of an average year.
Lewis says areas south and west of his farm are in "a pretty desperate situation."
Trevor Hadwen, an agro-climate specialist with Agriculture Canada, says the situation is definitely cause for concern -- and it's weighing heavily on farmers.
There were 59 calls to Saskatchewan's Farm Stress Line in July -- compared to just 16 in July 2016.