Lloydminster farmers have had a slow start to the seeding season as field operations were delayed due to a late spring start.
In the northwest region, 2 per cent of crops have been seeded while in 9 per cent were seeded in the southwest. Across the province, seven per cent of total crop is in the ground which is below the five-year average of nine per cent for this time of year.
According to the report, two per cent of canola, four per cent of spring wheat, nine per cent of lentils and oats and 11 per cent of field peas have been seeded to date.
Topsoil moisture is rated seven per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.
The province says winter wheat assessments continues as fields green up and temperatures rise and farmers are busy getting ready for seeding, combining last year’s crop, spraying, applying fertilizers, harrowing and seeding in some areas.