Cool weather delays Saskatchewan seeding

Seeding is underway in the southwest but cool weather has delayed seeding in most other areas of Saskatchewan this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s crop report for the week ending April 26.

Less than one per cent of the crop has been seeded, primarily peas, lentils and canola.

Producers have taken advantage of the lull in seeding to do other field work such as weed control, fertilizer application, rock picking and harrowing.

The effects of this week’s snowfall will be detailed in next week’s crop report.

Topsoil moisture conditions remain virtually unchanged from last week. Most of the province is reporting adequate moisture levels; however, the west-central and northwest portions of the province are still reporting some areas that are short of moisture.

Pasture conditions are poor across the province, due to slow growth resulting from the cool weather and/or lack of moisture. Some producers in the south are reporting inadequate supplies of water for their livestock.

Farmers are busy with preseeding field work, seed cleaning, moving cattle to pasture, calving and fencing.

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