Lloydminster farmers are mostly done with seeding and will busy tending to their flooded fields for the next week.
In the northwest region, 98 per cent of crops have been planted mirroring the progress across Saskatchewan. Large parts of the region also received a significant amount of rainfall in the past week with some areas reporting localized flooding.
Fields near St. Walburg received the highest amount of rain in the province with 154 mm during the week as well as the most precipitation with a total of 234 mm since April 1.
The rainfall also improved topsoil moisture conditions in the province with many western and northern regions rated as having a surplus. In general, cropland moisture was rated five per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay and pasture land moisture was rated six per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and five per cent very short.
For crop progress, 45 per cent of canola is emerging and 34 per cent is seeding, while 21 per cent of flax is in the seeding stage. Seventeen per cent of fall cereal crops are in the shot blade stage and 22 per cent are heading, 52 per cent of spring cereals are emerging and 34 per cent are tillering. Fifty-four per cent of pulse crops are emerging and 42 per cent are in the vegetative stage.
Most crop damage was caused by strong winds, flea beetles and cutworms and localized flooding. Some farmers will be reseeding due to flea beetle and cutworm damage while the rest will be spraying weed and insect control, haul grain and move cattle to pasture.