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Local farms continue quick seeding progress: Sask Crop Report

Few weather disruptions have allowed seeding to progress quickly for local farms. Seventy-three per cent is now seeded across the province as of May 14 to 20, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture.

68 per cent of crops has been seeded in the northwest region, which includes Lloydminster. The seed progress for the area is up 40 per cent from last weeks crop report.

Despite the lack of moisture in the province, crops are slowly emerging in good condition. Eighty per cent of the spring wheat, 84 per cent of the durum, 93 per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the peas, 63 per cent of the canola, 66 per cent of the barley and 55 per cent of the flax have now been seeded.

Saskatchewan Agriculture says most of the province is in need of rain to replenish topsoil as high wind and warm temperatures continue to dry fields. Also, there has been a slow growth of hay and pasture to little rainfall.

Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 44 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 16 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 23 per cent very short.

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The Provincial seeding progress is ahead of the five-year average (2014-18) of 59 per cent for this time of year.

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