Weather cooperates as producers make seeding progress
Southwest producers completed 38 per cent of this year’s seeding work in just a single week according to the May 7 to May 13 Saskatchewan Crop Report.
The Ministry of Agriculture reported that 52 per cent of fields are now seeded in the Southwest, up significantly from the 14 per cent reported in the previous crop report. The Southwest is now slightly ahead of the five-year average of 48 per cent of seeding being completed.
Saskatchewan Seeding Progress % By Crop
Chickpeas Field Peas Mustard Lentils
Durum Canary Seed Canola
Spring Wheat Barley Soybeans 24 22 20 19 18 17 12 10 9 9 6 5
While the regional average is 52 per cent, the actual seeding completion rates range from a high of 67 per cent in Crop District 3BN (Swift Current/ Kyle), to a low of 29 per cent in Crop District 3ASW (Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema).
Province wide, 38 per cent of the crop is in the ground, led by 53 per cent in the Southeast. Other regions of the province are reporting as follows: West Central - 32 per cent; East Central - 31 per cent; Northwest - 28 per cent; Northeast - 22 per cent.
Across the Southwest, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 54 per cent adequate and one per cent surplus, with 41 per cent reported as short and four per cent very short.
Similarly, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture in the region is rated as 56 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.
Seeding Progress in the Southwest
May 13 May 6 April 29 52% 14% 11%
“While producers have indicated that moisture is adequate for seeding, rain will be needed in the coming weeks to help with crop establishment,” the crop report noted.
There are also concerns about poorquality water for livestock.
Cool weather has slowed pasture growth and crop emergence in many areas.