Extreme heat and drought continue to affect Saskatchewan agriculture
July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth according to the European Copernicus service and extreme heat and drought are compromising many crops in Saskatchewan.
The provincial government's latest weekly crop report shows that from July 24 to 31, moisture levels in agricultural fields were insufficient in 49% of cases, and very insufficient in 38% of cases.
Pastures have also been affected by the lack of precipitation, with over 40% in poor condition and 25% in very poor condition, according to the province. This situation represents a challenge for some Saskatchewan farmers.
Intense heat waves are likely to become more frequent, explains Pascal Thériault, agronomist, economist, and Director of McGill's Farm Management and Technology program.