Seeding is rapidly advancing in the region thanks to warm and dry weather. Producers have doubled seeding progress from last week with 60 per cent of the crop now seeded.
The five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year is 33 per cent. Field conditions have been optimal for most producers, although strong winds continue to dry topsoil moisture up and delay herbicide applications.
Most of the region received small amounts of rainfall last week, although some areas reported larger amounts. The Frobisher area reported 22 mm, the Maryfield and Glenavon areas 10 mm, the Fillmore and Radville areas 1 mm, the Moose Jaw area 11 mm and the Marquis area 3 mm. The Moose Jaw area has reported receiving the most precipitation (65 mm) in the region since April 1.
Topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate in the region due to strong winds and hot temperatures. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and two per cent very short. Rain would be welcomed in some areas of the region, while other areas need warm weather to help dry fields up. Crop District 3ASE is reporting that 67 per cent of the cropland is short topsoil moisture at this time while CD 1B is reporting that 17 per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.
Crops are quickly emerging, although some fields are patchy due to moisture concerns. In-crop herbicide applications have begun for winter cereal crops. There are many reports that large amounts of straw and trash in fields is proving a challenge for seeding equipment. Flax stubble continues to be burned in some areas. Light frost was also reported in some areas, although damage is expected to be minimal.
Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and moving cattle.