Warm weather a welcome relief for producers

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The sunshine seen Friday was a welcome relief for producers looking to finish up with seeding.

Seeding was underway in this farm field, located off Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw, in this Times-Herald file photo.

"The sun is definitely helpful," said Shannon Friesen, a spokesperson for Sask. Agriculture. "I'm hoping that just over the weekend, we will move closer to 50 per cent (of the crop seeded)."

Province-wide, 22 per cent of the crop is in the ground, according to a Sask. Agriculture report. That total lags roughly seven per cent behind the five-year average.

"We're a little bit behind the five-year average than where we'd like to be, but we're certainly on target with where we've been the last couple of years," said Friesen.

Among the province's regions, the southwest is leading with 39 per cent of the crop seeded. 

The southeast — where Friesen said Moose Jaw is situated — has 19 per cent seeded.

Topsoil moisture conditions are still surplus in some areas, but are "ideal," she noted.

As producers hit their fields to finish seeding over what is anticipated to be a warm weekend, Friesen reiterated the importance of staying safe and hydrated.

"Especially as the seeding season is progressing a little bit later, there's a lot of tired guys out there who have been going hard for a few weeks now," she said. "Their safety is definitely the number one priority."

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Geographic location: Sask., Moose Jaw

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