Crop Report for the Period May 5 to May 11, 2020
More farmers were able to get out into the field this week, with many seeding or planning to seed within the next week or two.
Seeding progress in the province is at 18 per cent, up seven per cent from last week. This is below the five-year average (2015-2019) of 25 per cent. The southwest region is leading the province, with 39 per cent of the crop seeded.
There is 23 per cent seeded in the southeast, 14 per cent seeded in the west-central, eight per cent seeded in the northwest, seven per cent seeded in the east-central and three per cent seeded in the northeast.
Precipitation in the form of rain and snow this week delayed field work in some regions, but many of the farmers in these regions are already getting back into the field as conditions improve. The Prince Albert area received the highest amount of precipitation at 28 mm. Parts of the northern and eastern regions of the province received snow this week, whereas the southwest region received only small amounts of precipitation.
Moisture conditions did not change much between this week and the previous week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and two per cent very short.
Farmers have been able to make progress harvesting the 2019 crop in most regions. Cold temperatures throughout the province have prevented many farmers from spraying herbicides this week.
Farmers are busy harrowing, applying fertilizers, combining the remainder of the 2019 crop, and seeding or preparing to start.
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