Seed­ing reaches 45 per cent com­pleted in the South­west

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Over one quar­ter of seed­ing work in the South­west was com­pleted in one seven day span ac­cord­ing to Saskatchew­an Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture’s Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of May 8 to 14.

South­west pro­duc­ers recorded a jump of 27 per cent in seed­ing op­er­a­tions, climb­ing from 18 per cent all the way to 45 per cent. Op­er­a­tions are slightly be­hind the five-year av­er­age of 50 per cent com­pleted.

The Crop Re­port notes 62 per cent of the field peas, 60 per cent of the canola and lentils, 51 per cent of the chick­peas, 34 per cent of the du­rum and 31 per cent of the wheat are now in the ground.

Crops are emerg­ing in good con­di­tion, which was helped by rain show­ers through most of the re­gion. The Gull Lake area re­ceived 18 mil­lime­ters, the Swift Cur­rent area had 14 mm, the Hazen­more re­gion recorded 12 mm, fol­lowed by the Lim­er­ick area at 7 mm, and the Leader area with 6 mm.

While most pro­duc­ers have in­di­cated that mois­ture has been ad­e­quate for seed­ing, rain will be needed in the com­ing weeks to help with crop es­tab­lish­ment. Pas­tures and hay land are green­ing up, al­though growth is slow due to a late spring and lack of mois­ture. Cro­p­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as 57 per cent ad­e­quate, 31 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as 43 per cent ad­e­quate, 38 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.

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