HELP SHAPE RECREATION, PARKS AND CULTURE IN SWIFT CURRENT!

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A series of storms moving through Saskatchewan this week has left its share of damage, from broken trees to flooded roads and crops.

There have been reports of everything from heavy rain and wind, to hail, plow winds, funnel clouds and even tornadoes.

Shannon Friesen, a Crops Extension Specialist says farmers are out evaluating the crop damage.

"It all depends on what stage the crop was at and how much hail or other damage it had, on whether or not the plant can recover."

Friesen says certainly it doesn’t really matter where you are in the Province right now, it seems like everybody got something over the last couple of days. What’s most important to remember is that you need to give the crop time. 

“We do recommend that you wait a couple days and check some of those growing points, to see if things are green. In many cases, the blossoms will have been knocked right off. So for those, you know, it’s really hard to say until we give it some more time in order to see if it can recover.”

She says when it comes to things like excess moisture and flooding in some fields, that water will recede and you shouldn’t have any long-term issues with that. When it comes to hail damage there’s been reports of tennis ball to baseball size hail leaving some crops completely wiped out.

In many cases, the plant leaves may be gone, blossoms will have been knocked off and some of the plants may have damaged or broken stems which could make it more susceptible to disease.

In areas where crop damage is severe, producers should be contacting their crop insurance representative.

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