May 12, 2016

Crop Report for the Period May 3 to 9, 2016

Seeding progress continues to rapidly advance thanks to warm and dry weather.  Saskatchewan producers now have 35 per cent of the crop in the ground.  The five-year (2011-2015) seeding average for this time of year is 10 per cent, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.

Seeding is most advanced in the southwest, where producers have 58 per cent of the crop seeded.  Fifty-one per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast; 26 per cent in the west-central region; 23 per cent in the northeast; 21 per cent in the northwest; and 17 per cent in the east-central region.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and six per cent very short.

Many areas of the province did not receive rain last week; however, significant rain received earlier this week in much of the province will help alleviate concerns in some areas about dry topsoil moisture conditions.

Producers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.

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