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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

One year ago
Producers had eight per cent of the crop seeded. Warm and dry weather allowed them to get back in the field.

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Seeding Progress
by Crop District
CD May 12/14 May 13/13
1a 1 2
1b 3 3
2a 5 3
2b 9 5
3ase 20 14
3asw 5 11
3an 7 6
3bs 18 46
3bn 25 28
4a 29 46
4b 32 47
5a 2 1
5b 2 2
6a 2 3
6b 4 2
7a 5 6
7b 6 2
8a <1 1
8b <1 <1
9ae <1 <1
9aw 2 <1
9b 7 6

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops
May 12, 2014 7
5 year avg.
(2009-2013)
9
May 13/13 8
May 7/12 5
May 9/11 5
May 13/10 5
May 11/09 23
10 year avg.
(2004-2013)
15
Seven per cent of the 2014 crop is now seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Relatively dry weather has allowed many producers to get in the field, while others will begin seeding by the weekend. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded.

Significant seeding progress was made in the southwestern region this week, and producers now have 20 per cent of the crop in the ground. The southeastern region has six per cent of the crop seeded, the west-central and northwestern regions five per cent, the east-central region two per cent and the northeastern region less than one per cent.

Little precipitation was reported in most of the province. Some southern areas received around 25 millimetres. Many producers continue to deal with cold ground and wet fields that are delaying seeding and plant growth. Across the province, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle, working fields, applying herbicides and seeding.

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Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 1 - Carnduff, Estevan, Redvers, Moosomin and Kipling areas; Crop District 2 - Weyburn, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Regina and Qu'Appelle areas; Crop District 3ASE - Radville and Lake Alma areas)

Southeastern Saskatchewan
 Crop District % seeded
(May 12/14
)
1A 1
1B 3
2A 5
2B 9
3ASE 20
Region average 6
5-year average
(2009-2013)
7

Although six per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the ground, it will likely be another few days before most producers in the southeast are in the field. Cold and wet weather conditions continue to delay some producers' seeding and spraying efforts; however, some fields that can hold equipment are being worked. Many producers have indicated that the ground is slow to warm up and grass and weed growth has been minimal. There are reports that flax straw is being burned in some areas to try to dry up fields.     

Precipitation ranged from trace amounts to 24 mm in the Rocanville area. The Moosomin area has received 114 mm of precipitation since April 1, the largest amount in both the region and the province. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent surplus and 69 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and one per cent short. CDs 1A and 2A are reporting that 54 per cent and 50 per cent of the cropland, respectively, has surplus topsoil moisture. 

Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, spraying weeds, moving cattle and rolling pulses.


Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 3ASW - Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN - Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas; Crop District 3B - Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas; Crop District 4 - Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas)

Southwestern Saskatchewan
Crop District % Seeded
(May 12/14
)
3ASW 5
3AN 7
3BS 18
3BN 25
4A 29
4B 32
Region average 20
5-year average
(2009-2013)
21

Significant seeding progress has been made in the southwestern region, and producers now have 20 per cent of the crop seeded, up from two per cent last week. CDs 4A and 4B are the most advanced, with 29 per cent and 32 per cent of the crop in the ground, respectively.  

Cold nights and lower-than-normal daytime temperatures are delaying weed and grass growth in some areas; however, weeds are being sprayed and cattle are being moved in other areas of the region. Warmer weather would help move things along. There have been reports of fertilizer shortages in some areas of the region.

The Bengough area received the largest amount of rainfall this week (30 mm), while the majority of the region received minimal amounts. The Limerick area has received the largest amount of precipitation since April 1 (107 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and three per cent short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.

Farmers are busy seeding, spraying weeds, working fields and moving cattle.


East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 - Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A - Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)

East-central Saskatchewan
Crop District % Seeded
(May 12/14
)
5A 2
5B 2
6A 2
Region average 2
5-year average
(2009-2013)
3

Seeding is just beginning in the east-central region, and producers now have two per cent of the crop in the ground. Cool and wet conditions have delayed seeding and other field operations throughout most of the region; however, the majority of producers will likely start seeding in the next week. Pastures are slowly greening up, but some producers are supplementing cattle until they can be moved. Some fields have been sprayed for weeds, but winds have been high and growth has been slow.  

Minimal rain was received in most of the region this past week, although the Rhein area is reporting 30 mm. Since April 1, the Foam Lake area has received the largest amount of precipitation (110 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 23 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate and three per cent short. CDs 5A and 5B are reporting that 36 per cent and 39 per cent of the cropland, respectively, has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

Farmers are busy working fields, picking rocks, moving cattle and beginning to seed.


West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B - Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7A - Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major; CD 7B - Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

West-central Saskatchewan
Crop District % Seeded
(May 12/14
)
6B 4
7A 5
7B 6
Region average 5
5-year average
(2009-2013)
9

Little to no rainfall this past week has allowed producers in the west-central region to seed five per cent of the 2014 crop. Pre-seed herbicide applications have been delayed due to the cool weather and slow weed growth. Pastures are also slow to grow, although some producers are starting to move cattle. Warm weather would help things along.

The Biggar area reported 3 mm of precipitation this past week, while the majority of the region received nothing to trace amounts. Since April 1, the Sonningdale area has received the largest amount of precipitation for the region (105 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. CD 7B is reporting that 10 per cent of the cropland and 15 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short of topsoil moisture.

Farmers are busy seeding, moving cattle and working fields.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 8 - Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas; Crop District 9AE - Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas)

Northeastern Saskatchewan
Crop District % Seeded
(May 12/14
)
8A <1
8B <1
9AE <1
Region average <1
5-year average
(2009-2013)
4

Producers in the northeast have less than one per cent of the crop in the ground due to the cold and wet field conditions. Most producers have indicated that they will begin to seed within the next week as long as warm and dry weather is received. Pre-seed herbicides are being applied in some areas; however, many producers are reporting that some fields may receive post-seed applications instead as weed growth has been limited.

Small amounts of precipitation were received this past week, with the Arborfield area reporting 3 mm. The Humboldt area has reported 92 mm since April 1, the largest amount for the region.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent surplus and 64 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

CD 8A is reporting that 48 per cent of the cropland and 28 per cent of the hay land and pasture, respectively, have surplus cropland topsoil moisture.

Farmers are busy working fields, fixing equipment and getting ready to seed.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 9AW - Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas; Crop District 9B - Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas)

Northwestern Saskatchewan
Crop District % Seeded
(May 12/14
)
9AW 2
9B 7
Region average 5
5-year average
(2009-2013)
7

Despite the cool and wet weather, producers in the northwest region have five per cent of the 2014 crop in the ground. Some fields are being harrowed while others are being sprayed for weeds. There are reports of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer being applied to some fields as well. Weed and grass growth has been slow and some warm weather is needed. Some producers are reporting shortages of fertilizer and inoculant.

While the majority of the region did not receive any rainfall, the Meadow Lake area reported 8 mm. Since April 1, the Duck Lake area has received the largest amount of precipitation (109 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 10 per cent surplus and 90 per cent adequate, while hay land and pasture are rated as eight per cent surplus and 92 per cent adequate.

Farmers are busy working fields, spraying weeds and beginning to seed.


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