Seeding is nearing completion in the province with 97 per cent of the crop in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Progress continues to be well ahead of the five-year (2010-2014) average of 73 per cent seeded for this time of year.
The west-central region is reporting that 99 per cent of the crop is now seeded. The southwestern region has 98 per cent seeded; the southeastern, northeastern and northwestern regions have 97 per cent seeded; and the east-central region has 94 per cent seeded.
Heavy frost late last week has caused damage to crops and producers continue to assess the damage; some re-seeding has occurred. Crop conditions vary across the province but most crops are in fair to good condition. Concerns about crop germination and emergence continue in many areas that have not received much rainfall since April. Flea beetles and cutworms are causing damage in some canola crops across the province.
Some areas of the province received rain this past week, ranging from small amounts to over an inch in parts of the southwestern and northwestern regions. Rain is needed in much of the province to help recharge the topsoil. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 51 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and nine per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 41 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 16 per cent very short.
Farmers are busy finishing seeding operations and controlling pests.