With the seeding season upon us, or in some cases, nearly arrived, the Government of Saskatchewan is once again issuing its weekly crop report.
Many producers are still working fields or controlling weeds, but three per cent of the 2016 crop has been seeded. That is above the five-year average of less than one per cent. The average is tallied between 2011 and 2015.
In the southern portion of the province, field conditions have mostly been favourable, which is where most of the seeding action has taken place.
The southwest has seen eight per cent of the ground go in the ground, while the southeast sits at four per cent seeded.
Across the rest of Saskatchewan, including in the Humboldt region, seeding is expected to being within the next couple of weeks, if conditions remain favourable, which in the short term, appears to be the case.
Top soil conditions are reported as generally good. Cropland topsoil moisture is six per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, ten per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture top soil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and five per cent very short.
Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 31 per cent good, 35 per cent fair, 23 per cent poor and six per cent very poor. Most pastures could use some moisture.
The crop report is released every Thursday by cropping management specialist, Shannon Friesen.