Producers making progress

Justin Crann
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The long hours many producers have put into seeding are beginning to pay off.

“Overall throughout the province … seeding is at about 93 per cent. That’s good,” said Brent Flaten with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw. “The five-year average is about 87 per cent, so producers have really pushed ahead on seeding.”

The seeding percentage is up from the last reported total of 78 per cent, and the progress is largely due to warmer weather and hard work, according to Flaten.

“There was some rainfall in areas of the province last week, but guys are just getting their last pushes in and had some good weather to do it in,” he said.

However, wet fields are a concern and Flaten said the forecasted rainfall over the next several days could be a problem for producers.

“If we get as much rain as they’re talking about, there will be some areas that may just have to go unfinished,” he said. “We’ll be doing a crop report in a few weeks that will look at unseeded acres, so we can get a better feel for that.”

Insects — particularly flea beetles and cutworms — and cooler temperatures are also causing snags.

However, Flaten said, the progress of producers across the province is “nice to see.”

“It would have been nice to have everything seeded a few weeks ago, but the weather didn’t allow us to do that. … It’s good to see that we’re in that 90 per cent plus range for seeding,” he said.

“We take what we can get in terms of weather in agriculture, and there’s not much we can do about that.”

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Organizations: Agriculture Knowledge Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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