Seeding work ahead of five year average

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A total of 78 per cent of the provincial crop is now seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report for the period of May 27 to June 2. This is slightly ahead of the five-year (2009-2013) average of 76 per cent.

Rainy continues to delay seeding progress for many producers and warm and dry weather is needed for seeding to be completed.

The Southwest region has 86 per cent of the crop seeded; the West-Central region 85 per cent; the Northeast 80 per cent; the Northwest 76 per cent; the Southeast 71 per cent; and the East-Central region 67 per cent.

Eighty eight per cent of durum and field peas, 84 per cent of spring wheat, 79 per cent of lentils, 76 per cent of canola, 66 per cent of barley, 56 per cent of flax, and 46 per cent of mustard are now seeded.  

There was heavy rainfall in many areas with some east-central regions reporting over three inches. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 19 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of emerged crops are in good condition, although there is some damage from localized flooding, hail, wind and insects such as flea beetles.

Farmers are busy seeding, spraying and controlling pests.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Southwest Saskatchewan

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