Last weeks rain was a welcome sight for most producers in West Central Saskatchewan as seeding progress wraps up around the province.

John Ippolito, Regional Crop Specialist out of Kindersley said most areas that haven't finished up seeding yet will likely be left.

"Everybody I've talked to is done," said Ippolito. "Guys up in the Tramping Lake and Denzel area were probably the latest ones. I think anything that hasn't been seeded now is going to be left."

Ippolito said before the rain, there was concerns from some prodcuers about crops struggling to emerge due to lack of moisture.

"The rain was quite welcome," John said. "there was some guys that had some crop that they were concerned wasn't really going to germinate and emerge until we got a rain. It wasn't really a big rain in some areas, but it was enough that I think it would have alleviated those fears, and all the crops should be off and growing now."

As spraying progresses, John said producers will be looking for sunshine.

"For sure they want sunshine," John said. "We're in the midst of spraying herbicides for weed control now so we would like for the wind to stay down a little bit to allow that to happen. If it rains, in the western part of Saskatchewan anyways, very seldom do we grumble about rain. It'll delay spraying but that would be the only consequences from a bad perspective."

According to John, they've been seeing some reports of mild insect pressure, but nothing major.

"There's been a few guys that have encountered some problems with cutworm and wireworm, northwest of Kindersley there was some spraying for flea beetles in Canola. So there's been a little bit of insect activity here and there."

John said the main thing producers will want to worry about now, is the weeds taking advantage of the rain. He said there won't be any significant insect pressure for 3-4 weeks or even longer.

Overall, John said it looks like we are off to a good start this year.

"Last year at this time, we were just getting to the point where we were starting to get rain, we had actually been dry until mid-June last year. Then we started to get the rain in mid-June. So I would say we're maybe off to a better start than we were a year ago, in terms of the crop getting up and going. If we get some timely rains, I think we'll be in the right shape."

 

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