It’s a familiar story, once again an excess of moisture is proving to be a barrier for area farmers.
Lyndon Hicks with Saskatchewan Agriculture says that there will be some pockets of unseeded acres, specifically to the east and south-east of the city. Right now, about 96 per cent of the crop is in the ground, but the excess rain is causing problems even for people who have their crop in the ground already.
“Even people who have all their crops seeded, they’re having trouble getting it sprayed, so that’s been a big issue right now, getting on the land,” Hicks says.
Spraying for both weeds and insects has been an issue, Hicks says, and there has been some yellowing of crops due to excess moisture in the area, and significant acres have been flooded out. Hicks says that these problems should let up if the rain does, and that there is a potential for a great growing season if the rain subsides.
“If we get some nice, warm growing conditions things could get pretty good,” Hicks says.
While still a wet year, it is better than the five year average, which saw 91 per cent of seeding complete at this time, and a significant improvement over last year, where some districts in the region had a seeding percentage as low as 66 per cent.