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Spring seeding well ahead of the five-year average thus far

Seeding is up to 38 per cent complete this week, up from nine per cent last week
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Farmers took every advantage to get into the field this past week.

Seeding is up from nine per cent last week to 38 per cent this week. That is well ahead of the five-year average (2016-2020) of 22 per cent.  

Unfortunately, cool temperatures and a lack of soil moisture have hindered crops. As a result, crops that have been seeded are slow to emerge.

The southwest region is leading the province, with 56 per cent of the crop seeded. Forty-four per cent of crops are seeded in the southeast, 35 per cent in the west-central, 34 per cent in the northwest, 24 per cent in the east-central, and 22 per cent in the northeast region.

The Moose Jaw area is at 39 per cent seeded.

There was little to no precipitation throughout much of the province this past week, although the Admiral area recorded the most rain and snow precipitation at 25 mm, followed by the Shaunavon and Rockglen areas, which both reported receiving 20 mm.  

Moisture conditions saw a slight drop between this week and the previous week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 31 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short, and 23 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 22 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short, and 32 per cent very short.

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