News Release - May 10, 1999
SEEDING PROGRESS IN LINE WITH FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE
Fifteen per cent of the 1999 crop has been planted which is consistent
with the five-year (1994-98) average, according to Saskatchewan
Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.
The southern grainbelt continues to be furthest advanced at 19
per cent complete, with the southwest reporting over 60 per cent. The
northern grainbelt reports 13 per cent seeded, with north central
areas reporting 18 per cent. The central grainbelt reports 12
per cent seeded, with west central areas reporting 20 to 30 per cent.
Seeding activity is occurring in all crops, except sunflowers, with
the most activity in field peas, lentils, durum, and mustard.
Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated slightly across
the province during the past week (May 2-8), with drying winds in some
areas. Precipitation that began early in the current week (May 9-15)
should assist in improving topsoil moisture and allow producers who
delayed oilseed planting operations to resume seeding.
Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land also deteriorated
slightly during the past week. The current precipitation should
alleviate most topsoil moisture concerns.
Pasture conditions are generally rated as fair to good across the
province. Recent rains and warm weather have combined to result
in excellent pasture conditions in pockets throughout the
province. Some northwestern, north central and southeastern
areas still report poor pasture conditions. Cattle are being
moved out to pasture as conditions permit. Warm weather would
help eastern pastures, while more rain would help improve western
Weeds continue to appear in many areas. The winds last week
caused topsoil crusting and erosion and hampered fieldwork
operations across the province. Localized frost damaged some
newly emerged annual crops and some perennial forage crops in the
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For more information, contact:
Agriculture and Food
Phone: (306) 787-5956