Seeding is well underway throughout the southeast region of Saskatchewan with 80 per cent of crops in the ground this week. 

While the per cent of crops in the ground is high, the region is behind the five-year average of 89 per cent, according to Mackenzie Hladun, a crop extension specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture. 

With the recent rain some producers are seeing their seeding progress delayed, while others are looking forward to more rain. 

“So currently 12 per cent of crop land has a surplus of topsoil moisture. 83 per cent is adequate, 5 per cent is short and 1 per cent is very. Pasture and hayland topsoil moisture levels are very similar, with 4 per cent having a surplus of topsoil moisture, 82 per cent is adequate, 13 per cent is short, and 2 per cent is very short,” said Hladun. 

Crops across the region have been rated in excellent to good condition. 

“Both spring wheat and barley being rated as having 30 per cent of the crop in excellent condition for this week and producers in the region are noting very minor damage to the crops for this week as well,” added Hladun.