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Seeding Progress Doubles Across Province

Producers in Saskatchewan made good progress last week with seeding the 2020 crop. Progress doubled across the province, with 51 percent fo the crop now planted. This brought things on track with the five-year average, which is 51 percent. 
 
The southwest part of the province is the most advanced with the spring seeding, as 74 percent of the crop is in the ground. In west-central Saskatchewan, they are 59 percent complete, and things are 57 percent finished in the southeast. In northwest Saskatchewan, 38 percent of the crop is seeded, while 32 percent is planted in east-central, and 26 percent planted in the northeast. 
 
Pulses are the closest to being finished seeding. Eighty-two percent of field peas in the provinces are seeded, and 78 percent of lentils. There has been good progress with most other crops, with 71 percent of durum, 69 percent of chickpeas, 51 percent of spring wheat, 42 percent of barley and 38 percent of canola seeded so far this spring. 
 
Dry conditions allowed producers to work throughout most of the province last week. This included seeding, and combining what was left of the 2019 crop which was left on the field. The limited precipitation also impacted the topsoil moisture conditions across Saskatchewan. 
 
The cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two percent surplus, 75 percent adequate, 20 percent short and three percent very short. When it comes to the hay and pasture land topsoil moisture, it is one percent surplus, 67 percent adequate, 26 percent short and six percent very short. 
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