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East-Central Saskatchewan

Crop District 5 – Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas;
Crop District 6A – Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas

For the Period May 8 to 14, 2018

Seeding operations are well underway in the region. Twenty-four per cent of the crop is in the ground, slightly ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 19 per cent for this time of year. Thirty per cent of the wheat, 23 per cent of the barley, 19 per cent of the canola, 64 per cent of the lentils and 61 per cent of the peas have been seeded. Early seeded crops have emerged in good condition.

The majority of the region did not receive any rainfall last week. The Kenaston area received 3 mm and the Bulyea and Humboldt areas reported 2 mm. The Craik area has received the most precipitation (25 mm) in the region since April 1.

Producers have indicated that topsoil is drying out quickly and rain will be needed in the coming weeks for crops to germinate and emerge properly. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 56 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent adequate, 52 per cent short and 15 per cent very short. Pastures are greening up, but are slow to grow due to the late spring.

Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and fixing fences.


Crop District

% Seeded

(May 14, 2018)

5A

26

5B

15

6A

31

Region average

24







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