Saskatchewan crop report
By Government of Saskatchewan
May 23, 2013, Moose Jaw, SK - Significant seeding progress was made during the past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. Twenty-seven per cent of the 2013 crop is now seeded, compared to eight per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is approximately 44 per cent seeded.
Seeding advanced in all regions of the province: 22 per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast; 51 per cent in the southwest; six per cent in the northeast; 22 per cent in the northwest; 22 per cent in the east-central area; and 29 per cent in the west-central area.
Provincially, 52 per cent of field peas have been seeded; 46 per cent of lentils; 40 per cent of durum; 27 per cent of spring wheat; 23 per cent of canola; 20 per cent of mustard; 19 per cent of chickpeas; 12 per cent of barley; six per cent of flax; and four per cent of canary seed.
Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to more than two inches in the southeast region. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and one per cent very short.
Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, fixing fences and moving cattle to pasture.
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