Seeding is nearing completion in Saskatchewan with 96 per cent of the 2013 crop in the ground, significantly above the five-year (2008-2012) average of 89 per cent seeded for this time of year.
The Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report for June 4 to 10 notes that 93 per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast while the remaining regions each have 97 per cent of the crop seeded.
Much of the province received significant rainfall which has slowed down field operations. The Kinistino area reported the greatest amount of rainfall at 93 millimeters. Provincially, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.
The majority of fall cereals are in the tillering to jointed stages of crop development while most spring cereals are in the emerging to tillering stages. The majority of pulse crops are emerging and in the vegetative stages and flax crops are mostly in the pre-emergent or emerging crop stages. Canola and mustard crops are emerging or at the seedling stage of crop development.
Some reported crop damage this week was due to localized flooding, frost and insect damage from flea beetles, cutworms and pea leaf weevil.
Farmers are busy finishing seeding and controlling weeds.