SASKATOON – Spring seeding in Saskatchewan is nearing completion despite cool and wet weather.
According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, 95 per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the ground. The five-year average for this time of year is 90 per cent while the 10-year average is 94 per cent.
Last year at this time, 98 per cent of the crop had been seeded.
The majority of pulses, cereals and oilseeds are in the ground with some greenfield crops still requiring seed.
Even with most seeding completed, the cooler weather has delayed crop development, with 57 per cent of the fall cereals, 52 per cent of pulses, 46 per cent of spring cereals and 43 per cent of oilseeds at the normal development stage.
The majority of the crops are in fair to excellent condition with damage reported in the last week attributed to localized flooding, frost, hail and insects.
The deadline for submitting crop insurance claims is also approaching.
June 25 is the deadline for producers to submit unseeded acreage claims. That is also the same date when seeded acreage reports and stored grain declarations must be submitted.
June 20 is the cut-off for producers to submit establishment benefit claims along with claims for crops that fail to establish due to gopher damage.
Full yield loss coverage for established spring and fall seeded crops begins on June 21.