Saskatchewan farmers playing catch up with spring seeding

By Brian Konrad
May 17, 2018 - 10:22am

Regina, Sk. - Good seeding conditions have allowed farmers in Saskatchewan to make up for lost time in recent weeks.
 
The ministry of agriculture says 35 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, just ahead of the five year average of 32 per cent.
 
45 per cent of the crop is now seeded in southwest Saskatchewan, second in the province behind the southeast, where 49 per cent of seeding is complete.
 
But progress in the southwest is still about 5 per cent behind the 5 year average.
 
Gull Lake was the recipient of the most rainfall this past week with 18 mm while Leader had only 6 .
 
Crops are emerging in good condition but will need rain in the coming weeks to help with establishment.
 
Pastures and hay land are greening but growth is slow because of the late spring and lack of moisture.
 

Irrigated hayland producers taking second cut; no so for dryland producers