Southwest producers took advantage of ideal weather conditions to reach the 80 per cent completed mark in seeding operations according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period of May 20 to 26.
Producers were able to get an additional 41 per cent of estimated seeding acres into the ground during a warm and dry week, more than doubling the 39 per cent of field work done during the first weeks of seeding.
Province wide, Saskatchewan producers have completed 64 per cent of spring seeding operations, right on par with the five-year (2009-2013) seeding average of 64 per cent for this time of year.
While the Southwest has completed 80 per cent of seeding work, The West Central region is second best at 68 per cent seeded; followed by the Northwest at 60 per cent; the Northeast with 59 per cent; the Southeast at 58 per cent; while and the East-Central region trails the province with 52 per cent of seeding completed.
The Weekly Crop Report notes that varying amounts of rainfall were received this week, ranging from trace amounts to more than three inches in some northwestern areas. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and six per cent short.
Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 13 per cent excellent, 57 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and six per cent poor. Although many emerged crops are either at or behind their normal development stages for this time of year, the majority are in good condition. Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding, hail and wind.
Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle to pasture.
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