Seeding far behind years previous

By paNOW Staff
May 18, 2017 - 2:43pm Updated: May 18, 2017 - 3:36pm

Because of the cold wet weather, farmers in the Prince Albert region have seeded very little.

Only four per cent of crop is currently in the ground, down 11 per cent from the five-year average for this time.

Farmers will not be able to get onto fields to complete harrowing, weed control or combining last year’s crop until the weather improves. This past week Prince Albert received 30 mm of rain, while Nipawin and area received almost 135 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions are getting worse as the rain continues to fall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 68 per cent surplus and 32 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated much the same at 61 per cent surplus and 39 per cent adequate. In general, 95 per cent of Prince Albert’s topsoil is rated as surplus.

There have been reports of farmers burning last year’s crop residues. Some fields are being tilled in an effort to dry them out. There are indications if warm and dry weather doesn’t come soon, some fields may remain unseeded.

 

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