In general terms, the eastern side of Saskatchewan has good to very good subsoil moisture, while the western side of the province is rated as fair to poor. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has just published its stubble subsoil moisture map based on conditions as of May 1. The northern grainbelt doesn’t entirely follow the east/west delineation. Fair moisture conditions extend east all the way past Prince Albert to around Melfort. In the central and southern grain belt, almost everything east of a line from Saskatoon to Moose Jaw has very good subsoil moisture. That is defined as more than four inches of available soil water. On the western side of the province, there are a few pockets with better moisture such as right around Swift Current, but fair conditions are dominant. Fair means two to 2.9 inches of available soil water. The driest area runs from south of Lloydminster to south of Kindersley. This area is characterized by the poor rating, which means one to 1.9 inches of available water. Thankfully the map doesn’t have any areas rated as very poor. Beyond subsoil moisture, many of the dry areas have concerns about surface moisture for crop germination. The map can be seen on the Ministry’s website. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC