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99.5 percent of the crop in Saskatchewan is in the ground

Staff writer |
Seeding in Saskatchewan is expected to be completed this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.

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While there are few fields of oats and flax as well as some greenfeed and silage being seeded at this time, 99.5 percent of the crop is in the ground. The five year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 94 percent seeded.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four percent surplus, 85 percent adequate, nine percent short and two percent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two percent surplus, 80 percent adequate, 14 percent short and four percent very short.

There are both shortages and surpluses of topsoil moisture in the province. In crop districts 1A and 2B, 23 percent of cropland has surplus topsoil moisture; in Crop District 9B, 31 percent of cropland is short topsoil moisture.

Another warm week has resulted in excellent crop growth. Overall across the province, 60 percent of fall cereals, 75 percent of spring cereals and 73 percent of oilseeds are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. The majority of the crops are in excellent-to-good condition.

Rainfall was recorded throughout most of the province, with the southeastern, southwestern and east-central regions recording the greatest amounts. Areas in the drier northwest also received much-needed rain this week.

Windy conditions have hampered weed control operations in many areas of the province. Cutworms and disease are causing crop damage in some areas.

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