ASSINIBOIA - The southwest part of the province has 90 per cent of this year’s crop in the ground, according to the crop report for the period of May 23 to May 29. This is just behind the five-year (2018-22) average of 92 per cent. Timely rains were received this week as producers were completing seeding operations.
Canary seed is estimated to be 100 per cent seeded in the southwest. Field peas, barley, and mustard are all 95 per cent seeded and are also leading in seeded crops the region. Triticale (75 per cent) and flax (78 per cent) are the crops with the least amount of seeding complete.
Rain was reported across the region this week, ranging from 34 mm (Shaunavon region) to 2 mm (Eyebrow region). Cropland topsoil moisture in the region is generally adequate for germinating crops, with 23 per cent of topsoil moisture levels being short. Pasture and hayland also have generally adequate moisture, with 33 per cent being short.
Crops in the region are generally in good to fair condition. Fall rye (27 per cent) and lentils (26 per cent) are the crops in the most excellent condition for the southwest region. Winter wheat is currently the crop in the worst condition in the region, with 16 per cent in good condition and 84 per cent in fair condition. Producers in the region are noting flea beetle and grasshopper pressure in their emerging crops.
Producers are working on wrapping up seeding operations as well as branding and moving cattle. Many areas in the region are still hoping for more precipitation to help the establishing crops and to keep the pastures and hay fields growing.