Warm, dry weather helps seeding along

By paNOW Staff
June 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

Thanks to favourable weather, seeding in the Prince Albert region doubled compared to the week previous.

Seeding is currently 84 per cent complete, where a week ago it was only 43. Warm, dry weather was responsible for the progress. Farmers are still slightly behind the five-year average, which sits at 95 per cent.

Some farmers are still having difficulty getting on to wet fields, and some crops from last season have yet to be harvested. Luckily, very little rain was received in the region. Prince Albert received the most with five millimetres.

Topsoil moisture conditions have greatly improved. Croplands are rated at 10 per cent surplus and 86 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus and 90 per cent adequate.

Crop growth, however, has been slow and behind the normal progress expected for this time of year. Crop damage is attributed to strong winds, excess moisture, and insects such as flea beetles and cutworms. Some canola crops have been re-seeded due to poor progress or insect damage.


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Rainfall in P.A. makes for significantly wetter fields

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