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Rain helps farmers as seeding progresses

The crop report for the period of May 18 to 24, 2021
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Rain was a welcome sight for farmers across the province this past week. Despite the wet conditions, they were still able to proceed with seeding operations.

Eighty-six per cent of the crop is now seeded in Saskatchewan. That remains ahead of the five-year average (2016-2020) of 77 per cent for this time of year. 

The southwest region is the farthest along with 91 per cent of the crop seeded. That is followed by the west-central (89 per cent), northwest (87 per cent), southeast (86 per cent), northeast (85 per cent), and east-central (77 per cent). The Moose Jaw are is now 80 per cent complete.

The province received its share of moisture this past week. The Limerick area received the most with 116 mm. Although the rain may delay seeding for some producers, it will improve crop germination and emergence.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short, and three per cent very short.

Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short, and four per cent very short. 

Pasture conditions are rated as zero per cent excellent, 17 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 34 per cent poor, and 10 per cent very poor.

In general, crops are at the normal development stage for this time of year. Some crops are behind, however, due to the cool weather and limited moisture overall. 

The crop report is available online.