With 74 per cent of the 2021 crop now seeded in Saskatchewan, the northwest region which includes Lloydminster and area as well as west-central are sitting well ahead of the five average at 77 per cent. This information is rolling in for the period May 11- 17.
Running their seeders the hardest are producers in the southwest at 82 per cent of crop in the ground. Seventy-nine per cent has been seeded in the southeast and 63 per cent seeded in the east-central and northeast regions.
The five-year average this time of year is 48 per cent (2016-2020) .
The breakdown shows 93 per cent of field peas and lentils, 83 per cent of durum and chickpeas, 80 per cent of spring wheat, 78 per cent of canola and 75 per cent of barley have been seeded to date.
Topsoil moisture remains reduced by limited precipitation and warm windy conditions. The rain that’s in the forecast will be welcomed by producers over the May long weekend, as they have had to contend with mainly dry conditions.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 20 per cent adequate, 48 per cent short and 32 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 13 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 50 per cent very short.
Some farmers have halted seeding canola while they wait for the forecast showers. Others are seeding wheat or other cereals instead.
Very little spraying is happening in the province due to low weed emergence and strong winds making for poor spraying conditions. With the low precipitation, crop germination in those areas have been poor and patchy.
A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online.