Five per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is approximately four per cent seeded.
Thirteen per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest, five per cent in the southeast, four per cent in the northwest, two per cent in the east-central area, two per cent in the west-central area and one per cent in the northeast.
Most of the province received significant rainfall during the past week that has further delayed seeding. This week’s precipitation has ranged from trace amounts in the northwestern region to more than 100 mm in west-central areas, causing seeding delays. Fieldwork has also been delayed in the east-central and southeastern regions of the province due to wet field conditions.
Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 35 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 23 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, two per cent short and one per cent very short.
Farmers are busy moving cattle to pasture and trying to seed.
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