Crop progression is a bit behind where local farmers would prefer for this time of year, said Saskatchewan Agriculture crop specialist Grant McLean, but a few days of warm sunshine should do wonders for the fields.
“It’s too late to plant, but the crops that are in are progressing nicely,” he told the Times-Herald on Thursday. McLean said Moose Jaw-area farmers are looking for continued nice weather, which is what they can expect as well.
“That’s the main focus for producers, even locally.”
According to Environment Canada (www.weatheroffice.gc.ca), today should bring mostly sun and highs of 25 C, which are the same conditions to be expected on Saturday. Sunday’s forecast is also 25 C with a mixture of sun and cloud, while Monday should bring temperatures reaching 29 C.
The weekend provincial crop report for June 12-14 suggests 98 per cent of the 2012 crop has been planted. Last year at this time, 82 per cent of the crop had been seeded. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is approximately 91 per cent seeded.
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