The latest crop report from the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, released Thursday morning, showed that southeast Saskatchewan's progress is behind the five-year average but ahead of the rest of the province. The report showed the region has 36 percent of the seed in the ground for the season. This is behind the average of 48 percent, but ahead of the rest of the province, which is at 32 percent.  

Census Division 2, which includes Weyburn, Fillmore, Minton, Radville, and Avonlea, is the furthest ahead at 55 percent. The other divisions in the southeast are at 37 percent complete or lower.  

The rainfall that was seen in much of the southeast in the past week did help sustain the topsoil moisture levels for the region. For cropland, it is rated as 86 percent adequate, with three percent rated surplus and 11 percent short. Hayland and pasture topsoil moisture levels were rated as 82 percent adequate, 16 percent short and one percent very short last week.  

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, producers continue to work on seeding, and pre-seed herbicide spraying. Cattle are also being moved out into pastures that are greening up thanks to the recent rains.