Seeding is virtually complete for Saskatchewan’s producers; however, there are still some areas either finishing up or re-seeding crops that were damaged by frost. The five-year (2010-2014) seeding average for this time of year is 87 per cent according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.
Rainfall varied across the province from minimal to well over three inches in sections of the southeastern region. Much of the province needs rain to replenish topsoil moisture conditions. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 40 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 15 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 36 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.
Crop development is delayed in some areas due to lack of moisture; however, most crops are in good condition but could use some moisture and warm weather to help them develop. Much of the hay land and pasture is slow to become green and could also use some moisture. Crop damage this week was mainly caused by flea beetles, wind and lack of moisture.
Farmers are busy completing seeding operations and controlling pests.