Southeast Saskatchewan experienced strong storms this past week that left some crops lodged, damaged buildings, bins, and machinery, and blew hay swaths across some fields.  

The rain that the region received between July 12 and July 18 is expected to help crops develop their seeds and kernels, but did cause delays for some producers waiting for cut hay to dry down.  

Regina, Radville, and Grenfell areas saw the highest concentration of precipitation, receiving more than 50 millimetres.    

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 17 percent surplus, 62 percent adequate, ten percent short, and eleven percent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 16 percent surplus, 71 percent adequate, six percent short and two percent very short. 

Livestock producers have 26 percent of the hay crop cut, and 22 percent baled or put into silage.   

Most crop damage this past week was caused by strong windstorms, lodging, heat, and grasshoppers.