Monthly Archives: August 2014

Crop Report for July 29 to August 4, 2014

From the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Saskatchewan’s livestock producers now have 72 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 13 per cent ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Rain showers and high humidity are keeping swathes from drying properly and have decreased hay quality in some areas. At this time, eight per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Rainfall in the province ranged from nil to several inches. While rain was welcomed by many producers to help alleviate dry conditions, additional rain will be needed to help later-seeded crops mature and fill. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 15 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their animals.

There are reports of crops starting to turn. Desiccation of peas and lentils has just started in some southwestern and west-central areas. Some crops that were damaged by recent hail are being swathed for feed. Strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail have caused the majority of crop damage this week. Grasshoppers and leaf spot diseases have also caused some damage.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.

ripening grain

West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B – Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7A – Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major; CD 7B – Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

Recent rain showers and high humidity are delaying haying progress and swath dry down for many producers in the region. Seventy-one per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional 15 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 64 per cent good and 32 per cent fair.

Crops are quickly advancing in the region and some producers may begin desiccation and swathing operations within the next week or two on earlier-seeded crops. However, the majority of crops are still behind normal developmental stages for this time of year. Recent storms brought strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail to some areas of the region and some hail damaged fields are now being cut for feed. There have been reports of higher than expected disease levels in some crops while some producers continue to spray for grasshoppers in lentil crops.

The Major area received the most rain this week with 70 mm, bringing its total amount received since April 1 to 343 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 23 per cent excellent, 67 per cent good and 10 per cent fair. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.

Cardinals win to play another day

After winning their quarter-final three-game series against the Midwest Expos, the Cardinals advanced to the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League semifinals.

Their first game against the Border City Blue Jays was in Lloydminster July 30, where they lost 5-0, putting them into a must-win position for the second game, played in Unity, Saskatchewan, August 5.

Safe at 2nd

Unity Cardinals vs Border City Blue Jays

Cory Wildeman started on the pitcher’s mound for the Cardinals, holding the Jays to only one run – in the third – for the first five innings.

Unity Cardinals baseball cory pitch

On the other side of the ledger, Blake Robertson scored on an RBI by Trace Sperle in the first and Graeme Gieni made it around the bases after being walked in the second.

The score remained 2-1 for the Cardinals until the sixth inning. After the Blue Jays were placing runners on base and there was only one out in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals made a pitching change and Rhett Feser came in to close out the game.

Rhett Feser as a Unity Cardina rhett pitch

 Despite two strikeouts, with defensive errors being made by the Cardinals, the Blue Jays managed to score three runs, putting the home team behind 4-2. A hit by Ryan Greenwald brought Rhett Feser home in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3 but the Cardinals started the seventh inning in a deficit position.

Feser was able to strike out Scott Willis for the third out in the top of the seventh without the Jays scoring, despite having runners on second and third.

The score remained 4-3 as the Cards went up for their last bat. Scott Greenwald went out on a fly to first.

batter up!Cory Wildeman was up next, hitting an in-field ball and going out at first base.

With two out, rookies Blake Robertson and Trace Sperle were up next and both got on base. Blake scored to tie the game and Mark Ralston was up next.

Batter in men's baseball game

Mark Ralston hit and was safe at first base while a Blue Jays error let Trace run home to make it 5-4 and a win for the Cardinals.

The third and final game in the series goes tonight, August 6, in Lloydminster, with the winner moving on to the NSRBL final against the Lloydminster Twins.

cardinal catcher


RCMP Report for July 15 to 21


RCMP received a complaint of a parent having difficulties dealing with a youth. Police contacted Saskatchewan Child and Family Services.

Police received a report of an abandoned hay bind on a rural road. This matter is still under investigation as members are attempting to locate the owner of the farm machinery.

A member investigated the report of an electrical transformer exploding during the recent storm. There was no fire at the transformer but police contacted SaskPower about the loss of power.

Police received a call about water running across Highway 31 between Luseland and Denzil. Members contacted the Saskatchewan Department of Highways.

RCMP attended a single vehicle rollover north of Unity. The vehicle driver sustained minor injuries. The collision was due to poor road conditions.

Members attended a residence to assist with a family disagreement.

Police received a complaint of a gas and dash at a local gas station. Members made patrols but the vehicle could not be located.

RCMP received a complaint of gunshots near a rural residence. Members attended and spoke to other rural residents who heard loud bangs but did not believe that the noise was gunshots. No individuals with firearms were located.

Police received a report of a semi driving very slowly past a residence on several occasions. Members located the semi driver who was just practice driving.

Members patrolled in search of a black truck that was continuously driving into a rural yard. The vehicle was not located.

There were also two false 911 calls, three false alarms and one traffic complaint.

Baseball Hall of Fame invitation

Our great province of Saskatchewan has a very rich baseball history, and in honour of those that contributed to this history, the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be celebrating the 30th Annual Induction Saturday, August 16, Along with the regular induction day events, extra festivities include a pancake, sausage and coffee breakfast from 8 to 10 am at the Legion Hall, 262-22 Street, sponsored by Battleford Historical Lions Club.

At 10 am, the official unveiling of the “Biggest Bat in Canada”, will take place on the grounds of the museum, 292-22 Street, Battleford, SK.

The Town of Battleford has proclaimed Saturday, August 16th, Saskatchewan Baseball Museum Day!

Join us at this memorable event.

Jane Shury
President/CEO, Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem


Last paper before summer holiday break

Monday’s newspaper, the August 4th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald (which won’t hit the streets until Tuesday, August 5, because of the long weekend holiday) has plenty of information for readers:

  • registration dates for fall activities like dance and minor football;
  • the story of Unity’s Justin Wood coming in second, and even leading at one point, in the Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur Golf Championship;
  • details of funding for repairs to the Agroplex; and
  • a history and a preview of this year’s Swing for the Cure at Atton’s Lake.

Not to mention the latest RCMP report, Faith Matters, job ads and NSRBL updates, along with a special article on marking 100 years since the start of the First World War.

War memorial at Unity, Saskatchewan


The next issue of the paper won’t come out until August 25th but you can keep checking back at for RCMP reports, NSRBL updates and other news during the break.