Saskatchewan seeding ahead of schedule

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Relatively good conditions allowed seeding progress to nearly doubled over the last week in Saskatchewan, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, released May 24.

Approximately 70 per cent of the Saskatchewan crop is in the ground, which is ahead of the five-year average of 55 per cent. The southeast region is most advanced with 82 per cent seeded, 77 per cent is complete in the northeast, 72 per cent in the southwest, 66 per cent in the west central, 65 per cent in the northwest and 53 per cent in the east central region.

Rain fell in some areas, with amounts ranging from trace amounts to 28 mm in the Biggar area in central Saskatchewan. The majority of the province remains dry and is in desperate need of moisture to replenish the top soil.

Provincially topsoil moisture conditions are rated at 47 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 14 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated at 31 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 23 per cent very short.

Crops are slowly starting to emerge and most are in good condition, despite damage from strong winds and lack of moisture. The majority are either at or behind normal development stages for this time of year.

Pastures and hay land remain dry and growth has been slow. Rain is needed to green up the land. Pasture conditions are rated at 22 per cent good, 40 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and 10 per cent very poor.

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