SK farmers making good progress with seeding

Many farmers in Saskatchewan were able to get into the field this week, with many starting seeding or planning to seed within the next few weeks.

Seeding is 18 percent complete in the province, up 7 percent from last week. This is below the five-year average of 25 percent.

The southwest region is leading the way, with 39 percent of their crops 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.

Rain and snow delayed field work in some regions, but many farmers in these regions are already getting back in the field as conditions have improved. The Prince Albert area saw the most precipitation at 28 mm.

Moisture conditions did not change much this week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short.  Hay and pastureland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Farmers are busy harrowing, applying fertilizers, combining the remainder of the 2019 crop, and seeding or preparing to start.

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