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Seeding almost done, crop conditions mostly good, says latest crop report

The latest Saskatchewan Crop Report says seeding is just about done in all areas of the province.

The latest update, marking the week of May 25 to 31, shows that 97 per cent of seeds are now in the ground across the province, up from the five year average of 92 per cent.

The Northwest Region, housing the Lloydminster area, along with the southeast, west-central and northeast zones are all 98 per cent seeded. 96 per cent in the southwest and 94 per cent in the east-central are planted.

Provincially, ninety-nine per cent of field peas, canary seed and chickpeas, 98 per cent of durum and spring wheat, 96 per cent of barley, flax, canola and soybeans, 95 per cent of lentils and 92 per cent of oats have been seeded to date.

The province says more moisture is needed, as minimal precipitation has reduced topsoil conditions across the province.

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Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as zero per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture are rated as zero per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.

Most crop conditions are considered fair to good, mainly due to reduced germination caused by winds and lack of moisture as well as flea beetle pressure. The moisture received over the previous two weeks has allowed later seeded crops to emerge more evenly and earlier seeded crops are now able to develop further.

Most crop damage this week was due to strong dry winds, dry soil conditions, flea beetles and gophers. Farmers are currently spraying herbicides, assessing possible frost damage, scouting for early-season pests and moving cattle to pasture.

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