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Sask farmers complete 98% of seeding

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For the period ending June 13th, Saskatchewan farmers have 98 per cent of seeding done.

For crop district 9B which includes Lloydminster, Maidstone, Meadow Lake, Turtleford, and Pierceland areas producers were very happy to receive some rain but will welcome the balance of some warm sunny days to accelerate crop growth.

Frenchman Butte recorded 40 mm, Britannia got 25.2 mm, Loon Lake saw 31 mm, Turtleford area received 59 mm, the Glaslyn and St. Walburg areas 40 mm, the Medstead area 36 mm, the Duck Lake area 34 mm and the North Battleford area 28 mm. The rain has helped improve topsoil moisture in the region.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Across the crop district, 67 per cent of the spring cereals, 52 per cent of the oilseed crops and 70 per cent of the pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.

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Crop conditions range from fair to good in the region, with 63 per cent of the spring wheat, 67 per of the canola and 69 per cent of the peas being in good condition at this time.

Farmers remain concerned about flea beetles as well as wind damage. When the rains of this week clear off, producers will aim to spray for weeds and insect pests.

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