Saskatchewan seeding nearing end

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Seeding is nearing completion in Saskatchewan following another good week of weather, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, released May 31.

Approximately 91 per cent of the Saskatchewan crop is in the ground, which is ahead of the five-year average of 81 per cent. The southwest region is most advanced with 95 per cent seeded, 93 per cent is complete in the southeast, 92 per cent in the west-central, 90 per cent in the northwest, 87 per cent in the northeast and 86 per cent in the east central region.

Scattered rain showers fell throughout the province, helping to temporarily alleviate concerns about the dry field conditions. Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 72 mm in the Humboldt area east of Saskatoon. Many areas reported about 25 mm or less of precipitation.

Significant moisture is needed across the majority of the province to help with crop emergence and hay land and pasture establishment. However some areas in the northeast have had excess moisture.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved following the rain. Provincially topsoil moisture conditions are rated at one per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated at 38 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.

Overall, crops that have emerged are in poor-to-good condition, but emergence has been patchy and delayed due to dry field conditions.

The majority of crop damage this week was caused by strong winds, lack of moisture and insects such as flea beetles and cutworms in canola. Localized hail was also reported in some areas.

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