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Spring seeding well ahead of five-year average

As of the week of May 14-20, 73 per cent of the crop is now seeded
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Spring seeding continues to move along at a great pace across the province.

According to the latest crop report, 73 per cent of the crop is now seeded. This is up from 38 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year average (2014-2018) of 59 per cent for this time of year.

Crops are mostly in good condition, despite the lack of moisture.

The southwest region is the most advanced, with 84 per cent of the crop in the ground. Seventy-one per cent is seeded in the southeast, while 68 per cent of the crop is seeded in the east central region, 75 per cent in the west central region, 62 per cent in the north east, and 68 per cent in the north west.  

Ninety-four per cent of the peas and 93 per cent of lentils have been seeded. This is followed by 84 per cent of durum, 80 per cent of spring wheat, 66 per cent of barley, 63 per cent of canola, and 55 per cent of flax.

Although preciptiation was reported throughout the province in the past week, more is needed.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 44 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short, and 16 per cent very short.  

Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 23 per cent very short.  

Minimal rainfall has resulted in slow hay and pasture growth.

The full report is available online

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