The southeast is leading the way in the province in terms of seeding
"Right now the southeast is sitting at 49% of the crop in the ground at this point," explained Daphne Cruise, a Crops Extension Specialist for the Ministry of Agriculture. "Over the past week, there's been very little rain disruption so the southeast is ahead of the five-year average which is 39% for this time of year."
The rest of the province is sitting at 35% seeded.
"A lot of crop went into the ground last week. The main thing right now is I think the southeast generally would like a good rain and if that stopped seeding for a day or two, I don't think anybody would mind."
"With our warm temperatures, and high winds and even the very little snowfall over the winter, the topsoil is starting to dry out and it is starting to cause some concerns for both our crop and livestock producers as well."
"Typically our crop does need those May rains to help establish good yields. There is still some time left but hopefully we do get those rains in the next week or so."
"The pastures are greening up but they were slow because of our late start to the spring. There's a little bit of pressure put on the pastures now because of our lower yielding hay and our winter was longer and the spring didn't really seem to want to come so some of those feed supplies are maybe stretched and farmers were supplementing with other hay or feed grains."
"That's the issue right now, making sure those pastures green up and we can't do much about it until we get some rain."
She added that farmers would be happy with any amount of rain at the moment.
"But a good half inch would definitely help for the time being if not an inch. Typically that will get the crops up and growing."
She added that canola is particularly vulnerable to the lack of moisture.
"We may start to see some uneven germination and there are a few cases where the crop is emerging a little unevenly because of the lack of moisture."
She added that insect damage hasn't been too much of an issue simply because not a lot of the crop has emerged.