Two thirds of SE Al­berta’s farm acres are seeded, re­cent crop re­port tells

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

Two-thirds of farm acres in south­east Al­berta are seeded as of May 14, with ex­pected mois­ture likely to bol­ster con­di­tions for now emerg­ing crops, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial re­port re­leased on Fri­day.

Plant­ing in the Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Fore­most re­gions, at 67 per cent com­plete, is three times more ad­vanced than last year and ahead of the long-term av­er­age for early May.

The fast start is more pro­nounced across the prov­ince, where seed­ing is 42 per cent com­plete af­ter a quick ramp-up last week, of­fi­cials say. The same fig­ure last year was just 7 per cent.

In south­ern Al­berta, all land for ma­jor crops is more than half com­pleted, in­clud­ing canola, while peas are nearly fin­ished and 28 per cent emerg­ing.

Sub­sur­face mois­ture in the re­gion is con­sid­ered 41 per cent good and 20 per cent poor. Seed­ing in south­west Saskatchew­an also passed the half­way post this week with ar­eas north of Swift Cur­rent lead­ing the way.

Across that re­gion, mois­ture is con­sid­ered about 50 per cent ad­e­quate and about 40 per cent short for both crop and pas­tures. Pro­duc­ers as well as ranch­ers would wel­come more mois­ture to start off crops and re­fill dugouts.

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