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Dry weather in the last week kept harvest moving along for many producers.

Two per cent of the provincial crop is now in the bin, which is on par with the five-year average, and despite the lack of moisture in many parts of the province through July, some crops are said to be good to excellent in quality, but yields are down.

Cropping Management Specialist Shannon Friesen says the dry weather is also affecting feed supplies for livestock producers.

"We are in a hay shortage in much of the south part of the province," she said. "Most producers were not able to get a second cut off, so we are heavily relying on what we had cut the first time. And we have heard of course that yields have been substantially less than normal - anywhere from about half to 75 per cent less than what they normally would have."

Friesen adds recent rainfall has helped later-seeded crops fill and allowed topsoil moisture conditions to improve slightly.

Overall quality of the crop has been okay, according to Friesen.

"We've heard anywhere from good to excellent. Certainly there are cases where the bushel weights have been a bit lower and things like that. But overall yields, of course, are down - anywhere from about average to well below average. We are hearing from some producers that now that they're cutting into the crop, they're seeing lower yields than they even saw a week or two ago."

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