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Crop report sees good grades for S.W. Sask. seeding levels

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Seeding operations are almost complete as 94 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.  

This is slightly ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average of year of 93 per cent. While most producers in the province have wrapped up seeding, those in parts of the northern regions will need more time.
With 98 per cent of the crop in the ground, seeding is essentially complete in the southeastern and southwestern regions.
Ninety-six per cent is seeded in the east-central region; 95 per cent in the west-central region; 88 per cent in the northwest and 84 per cent in the northeast.
Scattered rain showers throughout the week brought varying amounts of rain to the province. Most areas received trace-to-small amounts of rain, although some areas received larger amounts. A significant rain is needed in much of the province to help crops germinate and emerge and to replenish topsoil moisture.
Topsoil moisture conditions are deteriorating in many southern parts of the province. Persistent strong winds and lack of moisture are drying up fields and delaying crop maturity. There are concerns in areas of the southeast that crop and hay yields will be affected if rain is not received soon. Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and four per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.
Crop development has been delayed in much of the province and most crops are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. The majority of crop damage this past week was caused by strong winds, lack of moisture, frost and insects such as flea beetles and cutworms.
Producers are busy seeding and trying to control weeds when the wind is calm.
SaskPower states there have been 132 reports this year of farm equipment coming in contact with power poles or lines, with 109 of those incidents happening in May.  Producers are urged to be especially careful when using equipment around power lines.  Safety information is available at
Southwestern Saskatchewan:
Crop District 3ASW – Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas
Crop District 3AN – Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas
Crop District 3B – Kyle, Swift Current, Shaunavon and Ponteix areas
Crop District 4 – Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas
The southwest has nearly completed seeding; 98 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, just slightly ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average of 96 per cent for this time of year.
Some areas in the region are much drier than others and will need a significant rain soon to help crops germinate and emerge. There are concerns that crop and hay yields will be severely affected if rain is not received within the coming weeks.
Rainfall varied throughout the region from trace amounts to 29 mm southwest of Moose Jaw.
The Limerick and Shaunavon areas reported 8 mm of rain, the Lisieux and Vanguard areas 2mm, the Mossbank area 1 mm, the Webb area 6 mm, the Swift Current area 12 mm, the Consul area 4 mm and the Tompkins area 13 mm.
The Gull Lake area has reported receiving the most precipitation (78 mm) in the region since April 1.
Strong winds continue to dry up and deteriorate topsoil moisture conditions in the region.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 64 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 49 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.
Crop District 3BS is reporting that 24 per cent of cropland and 38 per cent of hay land and pasture are very short topsoil moisture. Livestock producers have indicated some hay fields are stunted and prematurely heading out; yields will likely be compromised without substantial rain in the coming weeks.
Crops are very slow to emerge, patchy in growth and very much behind their normal developmental stage for this time of year. Persistent strong winds have blown soil around and dried up fields.
Many crops are at a standstill in the field and producers are considering delaying in-crop herbicide applications due to lack of weed and crop growth. Flea beetles and cutworms are damaging crops in the region and some producers continue to spray for them as needed.
Farmers are busy finishing seeding, trying to control weed and picking rocks.

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