News Release - May 3, 1999
PRECIPITATION SLOWS SEEDING OPERATIONS
Precipitation during the past week delayed seeding progress with just
three per cent of the 1999 crop now planted, according to Saskatchewan
Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report. This compares to 16 per
cent at this time last year.
Seeding progress is furthest advanced in the southern grainbelt, where
six per cent of the crop is planted. The southwest corner is
reporting 20 26 per cent seeded. Both the central and northern
grainbelts report one per cent seeded. Some early seeded crops are
reported to have sprouted.
The rain and snow alleviated poor soil moisture conditions in many
areas of the province. An average of 15 mm of precipitation was
received across the province, with heavier amounts received in drier
Winter snowfall and spring precipitation improved stubble subsoil
moisture right across the province. Compared with the stubble subsoil
moisture conditions on November 1, some areas in the western third of
the province showed significant recharge. Generally, the eastern
two-thirds of the province has good to very good available subsoil
soil moisture. Exceptions include a small area east of Yorkton, some
small areas east of Prince Albert, and areas east of Swift Current.
The western third of the province generally shows fair to good
available soil moisture. Poor to fair subsoil moisture areas are
scattered throughout the western side of the grainbelt, but
concentrated in west central and northwest regions.
Topsoil moisture conditions on both cropland and hay and pasture
land improved with the precipitation of the past week. Last week
just over 20 per cent of reporters rated topsoil moisture
conditions on crop land as poor to fair, while this week, about
10 per cent report poor to fair conditions. On hay and pasture
land, last week, over 30 per cent reported poor to fair topsoil
moisture conditions, while this week, about 20 per cent report
poor to fair conditions.
Fall-seeded crops are generally rated fair to good across the
province. Some eastern locations report poor germination of
winter annuals from last fall, as well as drowning out in low-lying areas. Some western locations report winter-kill and
erosion problems on winter annuals.
Preseeding fieldwork continues, though it has been delayed by
rain. In some eastern locations, the winds have caused crusting
of the topsoil. Weeds are growing in most areas and control
measures are under way.
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For more information, contact:
Agriculture and Food
Phone: (306) 787-5956