Sask seeding reaches 91 percent in latest crop report

Saskatchewan farmers made substantial seeding progress during the past week.

Provincial crops extension specialist Matt Struthers says 91 percent of the crop has been seeded, up from 76 percent last week.

He says many acres in east Saskatchewan may not be seeded due to excess moisture and standing water.

Meanwhile, some fields in the southwest and west central area are being reseeded due to poor emergence and heavy insect damage.

The latest crop report says rain showers fell in the southwest, with Consul getting 58 millimeters, the Maple Creek area 20 millimeters and Shaunavon and Admiral with 16 millimeters.

Topsoil moisture is rated six percent surplus, 56 percent adequate, 24 percent short and 14 percent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was due to strong winds, frost, drought, and insects like flea beetles, grasshoppers and cutworms.

Some farmers are reseeding due to flea beetle and cutworm damage.

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