Saskatchewan Seeding Progress Leaps Forward
As of May 15, the Saskatchewan government estimates 38% of the province's crops are seeded, up from 9% reported as of May 8 but well below the five-year average of 53%. The pace relative to the five-year average has remained steady, with current progress estimated to be 15 percentage points behind average, while one week ago, progress was reported at 14 percentage points below average.
An estimated 29% of the crop was planted over the past week, which is close to the average of 30% seeded over this week during the past five-years.
Progress is most advanced on the west side of the province, with 43% of the Southwest Region complete, up 30 percentage points over the past week, while 54% of the West-Central region is complete, up 40 points over the past week and 55% of the Northwest Region, up 38 points from the past week. This compares to the Southeast Region at 18% complete, up 15 points over the past week, the East-Central region at 21% complete, up 18 points and the Northeast Region at 35% complete, up 28 points over the past week.
When compared to the five-year average, the Southeast Region is 33 points behind, the Southwest Region is 20 points behind average and the East-Central Region is 12 points behind. At the same time, the West-Central Region is 4 points ahead of average, the Northeast Region is 6 points ahead of average and the Northwest Region is 16 points ahead of average.
Progress for select crops is seen at 43% for spring wheat (54.6%), 38% for durum (65.6%), 19% for canola (44.8%) 54% for peas (77.8%), 50% of the lentils (76%) 38% of the barley (46.6%), 19% of the oats (33.6%) and 7% of the soybeans (38.2%), with the five-year average in brackets.
During the past week, the area of the province that us rated as having adequate topsoil moisture fell 3 points to 69% while the area rated as short topsoil moisture increased by 3 points to 24% or the province. It can only be assumed that 5% of the province is facing surplus topsoil moisture and 2% is facing very-short topsoil moisture, unchanged from the previous week, although this was not stated in the report. One year ago, this data shows 12% of the province rated to have surplus topsoil moisture, 56% adequate, 20% short and 12% very short.
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