Saskatchewan planting ahead of five-year average

WINNIPEG – With the first crop report of 2019, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture report that five per cent of planting across the province has been completed as of April 29. That’s ahead of the five-year average of three per cent.

The report stated once weather conditions improve the rate of planting will increase.

Cropland moisture was rated as one per cent surplus, 62 percent adequate, 30 per cent short and seven per cent very short.

By region, planting in Southwest Saskatchewan led the province at 11 percent, ahead of the five-year average of nine percent. Precipitation ranged from 17 to 83 millimeters from April 23 to 29.

East-Central Saskatchewan has six percent planted for one point ahead of its five-year average. Last week’s precipitation was two to 32 mm.

Southeast Saskatchewan was at five per cent planted, on par with its five-year average. The region has received 17 to 48 mm of precipitation last week.

The West-Central, Northeast and Northwest regions were all at one percent planted, on par with their five-year averages. Precipitation for the three regions was two to 23 mm.

Other than planting, the report stated farmers have been rock-picking, spreading fertilizer and conducting weed control.

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