May 6, 2009


Cool temperatures again slow seeding in Western Canada


Colder than normal temperatures, along with a mixture of rain and snow, prevented producers in western Canada from making any significant seeding progress in the week ended May 1, the Canadian Wheat Board said late Monday (May 4).


Southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, including parts of western Manitoba, received five to 10 millimetres of water- equivalent precipitation, while southern Saskatchewan and parts of western Manitoba received between 10 and 25 millimetres, the CWB's Crop and Weather Surveillance Department, said.


Temperatures remained significantly below normal in the past week, with daily highs struggling to reach double digits and overnight lots below zero degrees Celsius.


Overall, seeding across western Canada is roughly three percent complete, about five days behind the five-year average, the CWB said.


Improved weather outlooks for the next week were expected to allow seeding to resume or begin in most areas of the Canadian grainbelt, the CWB said. The exception to the rule will be the waterlogged regions of the northern grainbelt and flooded areas of Manitoba.

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