Field work and spraying halted by soggy conditions

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Seeding is nearing completion in the province and producers now have 98 per cent of the 2013 crop in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for June 11 to 17. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 89 per cent of acres seeded.

Regionally, 94 per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast while the remaining regions all have 99 per cent of the crop seeded.

The majority of the province received significant rainfall which delayed field work and spraying operations. Many regions received more than five centimeters (two inches) of rain while some northern regions are reporting almost 10 centimeters (four inches) of rain.

Provincially, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

Sixty-seven per cent of fall cereals, 57 per cent of spring cereals, 54 per cent of oilseeds and 62 per cent of pulses are at their normal stage of development for this time of year.  The majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition. Some crops have been damaged due to flooding, wind and insects such as cutworms and flea beetles.

Farmers are busy finishing seeding, controlling weeds and getting ready for haying.

Follow the 2013 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKGovAg.

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