Weather co­op­er­ates as farm­ers make seed­ing progress


Rel­a­tively dry weather al­lowed South­west pro­duc­ers to get an ad­di­tional 16 per cent of the crop into the ground.

The Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of May 2 to 8 notes that South­west pro­duc­ers now have 18 per cent of the crop in the ground, up from just two per cent dur­ing the pre­vi­ous re­port. How­ever, progress is still be­hind the five year av­er­age of 31 per cent. Fields in the Swift Cur­rent area are most ad­vanced with 28 per cent of seed­ing com­pleted, while Assini­boia re­gion fields have only had eight per cent of seed­ing done as of May 8.

Small amounts of rain­fall im­pacted fields in the re­gion, with both the Lim­er­ick and Rush Lake ar­eas re­port­ing 13 mil­lime­tres of rain, Van­guard re­ceived 11 mm, the Pon­teix area had 11 mm,

Owhile 8 mm fell in the Shau­navon re­gion.

Nu­mer­ous fields in the re­gion con­tinue to be sat­u­rated and will need more dry and warm weather be­fore they will sup­port equip­ment.

Across the South­west, crop­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as 11 per cent sur­plus, 88 per cent ad­e­quate and one per cent short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as three per cent sur­plus, 94 per cent ad­e­quate and three per cent short.

Prov­ince wide, 11 per cent of the crop is seeded, slightly be­hind the five year av­er­age of 16 per cent. Field work is most ad­vanced in the South­east, where 30 per cent of the crop is in the ground. The rest of the prov­ince is slower to get started, with three per cent or lower be­ing seeded.

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