Weather co­op­er­ates as pro­duc­ers make seed­ing progress

The Southwest Booster - - FARM AND RANCH -

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.

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