Seeding season is underway in Saskatchewan, with more farmers expected to begin this week.
According to the province’s weekly crop report, nine per cent of crop is in the ground. This is behind the five-year seeding average for this time of the year, which is normally at 19 per cent, due to a slow start to spring.
The southwestern region is furthest along, with 18 per cent of seeding complete. The southeast is sitting at 15 per cent with all other regions reporting three per cent.
Fields are still dry as little to no rainfall being reported in most regions with Swift Current area seeing the most with 9.5 millimetres.
Strong and warm winds have dried many of the fields in Saskatchewan and producers will need rain to help crops germinate and establish.
Topsoil moisture condition on cropland in the province are rated as 67 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture top soil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 55 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.
Winter wheat assessment is continuing as fields continue to turn green. Pasture and hay land growth is slow with some cattle producers supplementing feed.
There has also been multiple reports of grass and stubble fires due to the dry conditions.
SaskPower reports 25 cases of farm machinery coming in contact with electrical equipment, bringing the monthly total to 27.