Seed­ing progress made in Sask. de­spite poor weather

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - SASKATCHEW­AN AGRI­CUL­TURE

Sig­nif­i­cant seed­ing progress was made this past week as 38 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, ahead of the fiveyear av­er­age (2014-2018) of 31 per cent for this time of year. Crops are slow to emerge due to cool con­di­tions.

Seed­ing is fur­thest ad­vanced in the south­east­ern re­gion, where 53 per cent of the crop is in the ground. Fifty-two per cent of the crop is seeded in the south­west, with 31 per cent seeded in the east-cen­tral re­gion, 32 per cent in the west-cen­tral re­gion, 22 per cent in the north­east and 28 per cent in the north­west. Rain­fall was re­ported this past week through­out the prov­ince. The Ni­pawin area re­ceived the great­est amount: 21 mm. Most re­gions of the prov­ince need rain to help al­le­vi­ate dry field con­di­tions.

Provin­cially, crop­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as one per cent sur­plus, 52 per cent ad­e­quate, 40 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Top­soil mois­ture on hay land and pas­ture is rated as 46 per cent ad­e­quate, 40 per cent short and 14 per cent very short. Hay and pas­ture growth has been slow due to lit­tle rain­fall and cool con­di­tions.

Win­ter wheat as­sess­ments are con­tin­u­ing as fields green up and tem­per­a­tures rise. Farm­ers are busy seed­ing, work­ing fields, con­trol­ling weeds and mov­ing cat­tle.

South­west Sask

Fifty-two per cent of the crop is now seeded, up sig­nif­i­cantly from 14 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) av­er­age of 48 per cent for this time of year. Parts of the re­gion re­ported re­ceiv­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion rang­ing from small amounts to 18 mm (Rock­glen area). The Moss­bank area re­ported 13 mm, while the Webb and Shau­navon ar­eas re­ported 7 mm. The Shau­navon area has re­ceived the most pre­cip­i­ta­tion since April 1 (90 mm).

Crop­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as one per cent sur­plus, 54 per cent ad­e­quate, 41 per cent short and four per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as 56 per cent ad­e­quate, 33 per cent short and 11 per cent very short. While pro­duc­ers have in­di­cated that mois­ture is ad­e­quate for seed­ing, rain will be needed in the com­ing weeks to help with crop es­tab­lish­ment.

Cool weather has slowed pas­ture growth and crop emer­gence in many ar­eas. There are con­cerns about poorqual­ity wa­ter for live­stock. Farm­ers are busy seed­ing, work­ing fields, brand­ing and mov­ing cat­tle.

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