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Seeding progress more than doubled last week

Fifty-one per cent of this year's crop is in the ground
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Farmers across Saskatchewan made significant spring seeding progress last week.

According to the latest crop report, 51 per cent of the crop has now been planted.

That is on track with the five-year average of 51 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year.

Seventy-four per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest region. Fifty-nine per cent is in the ground in the west-central, followed by 57 per cent in the southeast, 38 per cent in the northwest, 32 per cent in the east-central, and 26 per cent in the northeast.

Eighty-two per cent of field peas, 78 per cent of lentils, 71 per cent of durum, 69 per cent of chickpeas, 51 per cent of spring wheat, 42 per cent of barley, and 38 per cent of canola have been seeded to date.

There was almost no precipitation throughout the province. That allowed producers to make progress on seeding, while also helping those who have not finished the 2019 harvest access fields that were previously too wet to combine.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short, and three per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short, and six per cent very short.

A complete, printable version of the crop report is available online.