Farmers in the Lloydminster area are nearly done seeding.
In the northwest region of Saskatchewan which includes the Border City, 95 per cent of fields have been seeded. It falls in line with the rest of the province which shows 96 per cent of total fields being planted. The progress is due to dry conditions in the last week pushing it ahead of the five-year average which is 92 per cent.
Across the province, 96 per cent of spring wheat, 95 per cent of canola, 94 per cent of flax, 93 per cent of barley and 88 per cent of oats have been seeded. Ninety-nine per cent of field peas, mustard and chick peas have been planted and 98 per cent of durum, lentils and canary seeds are in the ground.
The highest amount of precipitation was in near Lloydminster in the areas east of Neilburg which saw 28 mm of rain. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and four per cent very short. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.
The province says smaller seed crops are fair to good due to reduced germination from winds, lack of moisture and flea beetle pressure. They say more moisture is needed to help the germination of later-seeded crops.
Crop damage this week was caused by strong winds, dry soil conditions, flea beetles and light frost in the eastern part of the province.
Farmers will finish seeding and continue spraying herbicides while scouting for early season pests.