Seeding has essentially wrapped up in the province with 98 per cent of the 2016 crop in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 89 per cent seeded. Many producers have completed seeding operations and are working on in-crop herbicide applications.
Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and three per cent very short. There are areas, particularly in the northern regions, where moisture is needed to help crop establishment and hay and pasture growth.
A warm week has resulted in excellent crop growth. Overall across the province, the majority of the fall rye and winter wheat is in the shotblade to heading stage, spring cereals in the emergence to tillering stage, canola and mustard in the emerging to seedling stage and pulse crops in the emergence to vegetative stage of crop development. There are reports of flea beetle and cutworms causing crop damage in some areas.
Windy conditions have hampered weed control operations in many areas of the province. Producers are busy completing seeding operations and controlling weeds and insects.