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Seeding nearing completion, more rain needed

The latest information from the provincial crop report, for the period of May 21 to May 27
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Spring seeding is nearly complete, with 92 per cent of the crop now in the ground.

That is according to the latest crop report, for the period of May 21 to May 27.

That total is up from 73 per cent last week. It is also ahead of the five-year average (2014-18) of 83 per cent for this time of year.

The area furthest along is the southwest region, which has 96 per cent of the crop in the ground. The southeast region is next at 94 per cent, followed by the west central region at 92 per cent, the east central region at 91 per cent, north east at 90 per cent, and the north west area at 87 per cent.

Of course, rainfall is needed across the province. Precipitation was reported in some areas of Saskatchewan last week, but topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate due to strong winds and a lack of moisture.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent adequate, 48 per cent short, and 20 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 25 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short, and 28 per cent very short.

Crop growth is delayed in much of the province. Most crops are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year.

The full version of the crop report is available online.