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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 19 to 25, 2020

Crop District Per cent Seeded
(May 25, 2020)
5A 63
5B 68
6A 76
Region average 69

Currently, 69 per cent of the crop is seeded in the east-central region. This is up from 32 per cent last week and in line with the five-year average of 70 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year. The warm and dry weather was ideal for seeding, and earlier seeded crops are starting to emerge.

Most of the region received minimal rainfall this week, ranging from none to 20 mm in the Kenaston area. The Pelly area received eight mm, the Esterhazy area six mm and the Craik and Rama areas two mm.

Wind and minimal rain this week has reduced topsoil moisture conditions. Lack of topsoil moisture and cool overnight temperatures have slowed pasture growth. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 66 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 55 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 26 per cent good, 47 per cent fair, 19 per cent poor and five per cent very poor.

Most crop development is normal for this time of year, with some behind due to cool conditions. The wind has dried the topsoil and delayed canola germination in some fields. There was minimal crop damage reported this week, but most of the damage that was present was due to wind, lack of moisture and flea beetles.

Farmers have been busy seeding, spraying as wind conditions allow and moving cattle to pastures.

Crop Development -May 25, 2020


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