Isolated Prairie seeding already underway

Obliging temperatures have allowed some farmers in southern regions of the Prairies to get in some fieldwork, including "isolated plantings," the Canadian Wheat Board reports.

"Temperatures ranging from 2° to 12°C above normal have pushed the spring snow melt to completion," the board said in its weekly bulletin Monday.

However, farmers in most areas of the Prairies can expect to have to wait a few more weeks for the risk of frost to decrease, the CWB said.

A Colorado low brought between 10 and 45 mm of rain to agricultural areas of Manitoba, the board said. Meanwhile, in Saskatchewan and Alberta, "as is typical for the time of year, there was little rain again."

Late-season rains, however, helped build soil moisture before winter arrived in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Thus, the CWB said, there are only "isolated pockets" of low soil moisture in those regions.

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