News Release - May 7, 2009
CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 28 TO MAY 4, 2009
Saskatchewan farmers have seeded four per cent of the 2009 crop, up from one per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.
The five year (2004-2008) average is six per cent of the total crop planted at this time. The southern and southwestern regions of the province have eight and 10 per cent of the crop in the ground, respectively. Two per cent is planted in the west-central region, and the rest of the province reports close to one per cent of the crop is in the ground.
When broken down on a crop-by-crop basis, 16 per cent of field peas, 11 per cent of lentils, five per cent of mustard, nine per cent of triticale and six per cent of durum have been seeded in the province.
Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 73 per cent adequate on crop land and 70 per cent adequate on hay and pasture land. However, areas short of topsoil moisture are expanding in the west-central, southwestern, northwestern and northern regions.
The snow that fell in the south between April 19 and 26 melted quickly and did little to further delay field operations.
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