Saskatchewan seeding furthest ahead in the south

WINNIPEG, May 11 (CNS) – Seeding in Saskatchewan is roughly 11 percent complete for the week ended May 8, according to the latest crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture. That is behind the five-year average of 16 percent.

Many grid-roads and fields are still too wet to support heavy equipment and fieldwork has stalled. Rain is still a problem for a few areas. Outlook, located 80 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon, received 40 millimetres of rain during the period of May 2 to 8.

Strong winds in the southeast have helped dry up soggy fields with roughly 30 percent of the crop now in the ground. That is up considerably from the five-year average of 21 percent. The winds are creating problems for some farmers though who are trying to spray weeds.

Progress is going slower in the east-central region where just two percent of the crop is in the ground, behind the five-year average of five percent. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 39 percent surplus and 61 percent adequate, according to the report.

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Farmers have just begun planting in the northeast and northwest portions of the province. Many fields remain wet in the north and seeding operations are sporadic. Some growers have also been unable to combine last year’s crop.

About three percent of the crop is seeded in west-central Saskatchewan, which compares to the five-year average of 12 percent. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 22 percent surplus and 78 percent adequate, according to the report.

The southwest region has seen significant planting progress with 18 percent of the crop now in the ground. That compares to the five-year average of 31 percent. Pastureland is turning green and producers are busy seeding, working fields and controlling weeds.

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