WINNIPEG — Good seeding progress was reported across much of Saskatchewan during the week ended May 15, with 30 percent of the 2017 crop now planted, according to the latest weekly report from Saskatchewan Agriculture.
The provincial seeding pace compares with the five-year average for this time of year of 33 percent complete.
Seeding is furthest along in the southwest region of the province, at 60 percent. However, activity across Saskatchewan varies widely, and growers in the northeast are only four percent done. The northwest was not doing much better, at only eight percent seeded.
The wetter areas of the province need several weeks of warm and dry conditions before seeding will be more widespread with excessive soil moisture making it difficult to get on fields while many farmers are still trying to harvest last year’s crops, according to the report.
On a crop-by-crop basis, 52 percent of the chickpeas, 50 percent of the field peas, 49 percent of the lentils, 42 percent of the mustard, 37 percent of the durum and 21 percent of the spring wheat and canola were seeded as of May 15.
While wetness remains the major concern, some of the more southern regions of the province could now use some rain to help with germination and emergence.
Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture was rated as 23 percent surplus, 73 percent adequate and four percent short. Hayland and pasture topsoil moisture was rated as 14 percent surplus, 79 percent adequate, six percent short and one percent very short.