Warm and favourable weather has allowed seeding to begin in parts of southwestern and west-central Saskatchewan this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.
However, the majority of producers are waiting for the soil to dry before they can begin seeding.
A snowstorm brought significant precipitation to some parts of the province last Tuesday that has further delayed field work. This week’s precipitation ranged from trace amounts to almost two inches in the east-central area. Many fields are still wet, although warm and windy weather has helped to dry some of them.
Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 28 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and four per cent short.
Farmers are busy calving, cleaning seed, preparing machinery, doing pre-seeding field work and starting to seed.
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