Farmers in the southern third of the province have been making good seeding progress, but wet conditions continue to challenge growers in other regions.
Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report estimates 30 per cent of the provincial is in the ground---not too far from the five-year average of 33 per cent.
Seeding is most advanced in the southeast, where producers have 60 per cent of seeding done. The southwest is next at 46 per cent. After that, there is a large drop down to 19 per cent in east-central and 16 per cent in west-central (five-year seeding average for west-central is 35 per cent). The northwest sits at 8 per cent while the northeast, which as the most surplus topsoil moisture, has only four per cent seeded.
"Most of that is due to wet conditions and frequent rainfall," says Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. "The north tends to start seeding a little bit after the rest of the province, so it seems like they are extra behind this year because we've had more optimal conditions the last two springs."
Volunteer crop reporters in the wettest parts of the northeast, northwest and west-central regions indicate some fields could remain unseeded due to excess moisture issues, if warm and dry weather is not received soon.
Farmers are still dealing with unharvested 2016 crop in some areas.
"There has been some burning in RM's without fire bans. Some have been working the crop under. Some are seeding right through if they are able to. Some are harrowing or baling, so there are a number of things happening."
Friesen notes Saskatchewan farmers are dealing with a wide variety of moisture conditions.
"The north has a lot of excess moisture issues and a lot of saturation. Parts of the southeast are dealing with some dry topsoil moisture conditions. Producers in that area are hoping for some rain in the next week or so in order to help crops germinate and emerge."
Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 23 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.
Detailed information from each region as well as precipitation totals can be found in the detailed crop report at: