Seeding finally underway in Southwest

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Despite a cool and wet start to spring, seeding has begun in some parts of the province according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period of April 29 to May 5.

The southwestern region is reporting that two per cent of the crop is now in the ground, while some producers in the southeastern and west-central regions are just beginning to seed.  The majority of producers will begin seeding in the next week or so.

Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to 39 millimeters in the southeast.  Many areas of the province have received more than 100 millimeters of precipitation since April 1, which has delayed seeding.  Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 18 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle, preparing machinery and starting to seed. 

Follow the 2014 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Geographic location: Southwest, Saskatchewan

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