The first crop report of the year shows very little progress thus far in the Prince Albert region.
Cold and wet weather has prevented farmers from entering their fields, as most remain saturated and equipment is leaving deep ruts. Combining of last year’s crop has been very slow, and there are concerns it may take some time before fields can be cleaned up. Most farmers are expected to begin seeding operations in the coming weeks.
Large amounts of precipitation were reported this past week, with the Arborfield and Nipawin regions reporting over 20 mm. Nipawin has received 82 mm – the most precipitation in the region – since April 1.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 50 per cent surplus and 50 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 35 per cent surplus and 65 per cent adequate. Warm, dry and windy days are needed before fields will be able to support heavy equipment.
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