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Seeding almost done as farmers wait on rain

The latest from the crop report, for the week of May 28 to June 3
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Seeding is nearly finished across the province, but farmers desperately need more moisture.

According to the weekly crop report, all six districts in the province are reporting that 99 per cent of the crop is now in the ground. This includes 99 per cent of spring wheat, durum, canola, and canary seed and 98 per cent of oats, barley, and flax.

The weekly total is compared to 92 per cent at this time last week. It is also ahead of the five-year average (2014-18) of 93 per cent.

There was a lack of rainfall throughout the province this past week.  That trend must change soon for the sake of crop growth and emergence, as well as the establishment and growth of hay land and pastures. 

Strong winds and a lack of moisture continue to have an adverse effect on topsoil moisture conditions in Saskatchewan.  

The long-range forecast currently predicts rain in the coming week for the Moose Jaw area.

A complete version of the crop report is available online