South­west seed­ing nearly half done

The Southwest Booster - - PINION -

Pro­duc­ers in the South­west made up for lost time by get­ting an ad­di­tional 28 per cent of the crop into fields.

South­west pro­duc­ers now have an es­ti­mated 46 per cent of the crop in the ground ac­cord­ing to the Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of May 9 to 15. This marks sig­nif­i­cant progress from the 18 per cent recorded in the pre­vi­ous crop re­port.

While some fields re­main wet and un­able to sup­port equip­ment, much of the re­gion was able to make progress within the five-year seed­ing av­er­age of 53 per cent.

There were rain­fall amounts of 10 mil­lime­tres or less through much of the re­gion, which caused only slight seed­ing de­lays on oth­er­wise op­ti­mal field con­di­tions.

Crops are emerg­ing quickly and pas­tures are start­ing to green up across the South­west. Af­ter a wet start to the year, some ar­eas could now use rain to help re­plen­ish top­soil mois­ture and help crops emerge.

Cro­p­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as three per cent sur­plus and 97 per cent ad­e­quate. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as one per cent sur­plus, 97 per cent ad­e­quate and two per cent short.

Prov­ince wide, 30 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, slightly trail­ing the five-year av­er­age of 33 per cent.

Seed­ing is most ad­vanced in the South­east where 60 per cent of fields have been seeded. The re­main­der of the prov­ince has seed­ing com­ple­tion to­tals rang­ing from 19 to four per cent.

Saskatchewan Seed­ing Progress

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