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Twenty-seven per cent of the 2013 crop was seeded thanks to warm weather.

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Significant seeding progress was made this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Twenty-two per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the ground, up from seven per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 29 per cent. Rainfall over the weekend has stopped field work in some areas but most producers will be back in the field later in the week.

Producers in the southwest are the most advanced with 39 per cent of the crop seeded. The west-central region has 29 per cent seeded; the southeast 19 per cent; the northwest 17 per cent; the east-central region 12 per cent; and the northeast nine per cent.

Provincially, 49 per cent of the field peas have been seeded; 41 per cent of the lentils; 32 per cent of the durum; 20 per cent of the spring wheat; 18 per cent of the canola; 17 per cent of the mustard; 10 per cent of the barley; seven per cent of the chickpeas; six per cent of the flax; five per cent of the oats and canary seed; and one per cent of the soybeans.

Precipitation varied across the province with some northwestern areas receiving 48 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Farmers are busy applying herbicides and seeding. 


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation - May 2014

The seeding deadline for both risk zones under the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Grain Corn Production Insurance Pilot Program is May 30.

Producers who selected the Contract Price Option should provide all production contract information to Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation by May 31.

For more information, contact your local Crop Insurance office, call 1-888-935-0000 or visit www.saskcropinsurance.com

Seeding Progress by
Crop District
CD May 19
2014
May 20
2013
1a 5 10
1b 21 22
2a 32 18
2b 19 28
3ase 50 44
3asw 22 30
3an 21 29
3bs 47 64
3bn 50 61
4a 46 66
4b 37 49
5a 14 27
5b 12 15
6a 10 24
6b 25 27
7a 36 33
7b 26 27
8a 13 2
8b 7 10
9ae 6 4
9aw 17 15
9b 18 28

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 19, 2014

22

5 year avg.
(2009-2013)

29

May 20/13

27

May 14/12

22

May 16/11

23

May 20/10

28

May 18/09

46

10 year avg.
(2004-2013)

38


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 19, 2014)

1A

5

1B

21

2A

32

2B

19

3ASE

50

Region average

19

five-year average
(2009-2013)

22

Great strides were made this past week and producers now have 19 per cent of the crop in the ground, up from six per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 22 per cent. Thirty-one per cent of the lentils, 28 per cent of the field peas, 24 per cent of the canola, 20 per cent of the durum, 16 per cent of the spring wheat, 11 per cent of the mustard, six per cent of the barley and flax, five per cent of the canary seed and four per cent of the oats are now seeded.

Rainfall over the weekend has hampered seeding efforts and most producers will not be back in the field for at least a couple of days. The Moosomin area received the greatest amount of rainfall for the week (40 mm) while the Moose Jaw area has reported 177 mm since April 1, the greatest amount for the province. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 40 per cent surplus, 59 per cent adequate and one per cent short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. CD 1A is reporting that 67 per cent of the cropland and 42 per cent of the hay land and pasture have surplus moisture.   

While the majority of producers were seeding before the rain delay over the weekend, some producers in the region have just begun. Warm temperatures are needed to dry out fields and permit seeding and spraying operations to continue. Early seeded crops are beginning to emerge and winter cereal crops are in good condition. Pasture growth is nicely progressing and cattle are being moved.  

Farmers are busy spraying weeds, rolling pulses and seeding.


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 19, 2014)

3ASW

22

3AN

21

3BS

47

3BN

50

4A

46

4B

37

Region average

39

five-year average
(2009-2013)

47

Producers now have 39 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from 20 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 47 per cent. Fifty-six per cent of the field peas, 50 per cent of the lentils, 42 per cent of the canola, 37 per cent of the durum, 30 per cent of the spring wheat, 26 per cent of the barley, 20 per cent of the mustard, 14 per cent of the canary seed, 12 per cent of the flax, nine per cent of the chickpeas and oats and five per cent of the soybeans are now seeded.

Many areas of the region continue to deal with cool and wet field conditions, while other areas are reporting that moisture will be needed soon to help emerging crops. The Lucky Lake area received 33 mm of rain this past week, bringing its total since April 1 to 103 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as eight per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short. CD 3BN is reporting that 12 per cent of the cropland and 23 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short moisture.

Some producers will likely be done seeding in the next week while others will need another week or more of warm and dry weather to finish. Reports of nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizer shortages continue in some areas. Early seeded crops are beginning to emerge and are in good condition. There are reports of some winterkill damage to winter cereals.  

Farmers are busy seeding, spraying weeds, rolling pulses 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 19, 2014)

5A

14

5B

12

6A

10

Region average

12

five-year average
(2009-2013)

17

Seeding is advancing in the east-central region, which now has 12 per cent of the crop seeded, up from two per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 17 per cent. Twenty-nine per cent of the field peas, 16 per cent of the spring wheat, 15 per cent of the lentils, 11 per cent of the canola, seven per cent of the barley and durum, six per cent of the soybeans, five per cent of the oats, three per cent of the mustard and two per cent of the flax is now seeded.

Rainfall over the weekend has further delayed seeding and other field work in some areas but producers will likely be back in the field in the coming days if warm weather arrives. The Bulyea area received 34 mm of rain this past week, the greatest amount in the region. The Foam Lake, Bulyea and Craik areas have received 123 mm of rain since April 1, the most in the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 29 per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 20 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and one per cent short. CDs 5A and 6A are reporting that 41 per cent and 26 per cent of the cropland, respectively, have surplus topsoil moisture at this time. CD 5A is also reporting that 34 per cent of the hay land and pasture has surplus topsoil moisture.

Producers are spraying herbicides as weeds are now beginning to grow. Some areas of the region are reporting inoculant and fertilizer shortages. Pastures are beginning to grow and cattle are being moved.

Farmers are busy spraying weeds, working fields and seeding.


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 19, 2014)

6B

25

7A

36

7B

26

Region average

29

five-year average
(2009-2013)

34

Favourable weather is helping seeding progress in many areas of the region.  Producers now have 29 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from five per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 34 per cent. Fifty-nine per cent of the field peas, 39 per cent of the lentils, 34 per cent of the durum, 32 per cent of the canola, 21 per cent of the spring wheat, 13 per cent of the barley, seven per cent of the mustard and canary seed, four per cent of the flax and three per cent of the oats are now seeded.

Although the rain that fell in many areas over the weekend was welcomed, it has delayed seeding for some producers. The Sonningdale area has received the most rainfall in the region, both this past week (33 mm) and since April 1 (132 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 95 per cent adequate and two per cent short. CD 7B is reporting that 10 per cent of both the cropland and the hay land and pasture is short topsoil moisture.

Pastures are growing in most areas but warm weather will be needed before many producers will begin to move cattle. Early seeded crops are emerging and are in good condition although there are some reports of winterkill damage to winter cereals. Shortages continue in some areas for inputs such as inoculants, seed treatments and nitrogen fertilizers.   

Farmers are busy spraying weeds, rolling pulses and seeding.


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 19, 2014)

8A

13

8B

7

9AE

6

Region average

9

five-year average
(2009-2013)

19

General seeding is underway for most producers in the northeastern region.  Nine per cent of the crop is now seeded, up from less than one per cent a week ago. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 19 per cent. Seventeen per cent of the spring wheat and field peas, eight per cent of the barley, six per cent of the oats, five per cent of the canola, three per cent of the flax and two per cent of the durum is now seeded.

Little rainfall was received in most of the region, although the Alvena area reported 20 mm. The Humboldt area has received 102 mm of precipitation since April 1, the greatest amount for the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus and 91 per cent adequate. CD 8B is reporting that 21 per cent of the cropland and 22 per cent of the hay and pasture land have surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

Pastures are beginning to grow and cattle will be moved soon. Herbicide applications are underway for some producers, although many fields may receive post-seeding applications if weeds are not growing soon.

Farmers are busy working fields, spraying weeds and seeding.


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 19, 2014)

9AW

17

9B

18

Region average

17

five-year average
(2009-2013)

37

Cool and wet weather continues to hamper field work, and seeding is being delayed in some areas as a result. Seventeen per cent of the crop is now seeded in the northwestern region, up from five per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is 37 per cent. Fifty-two per cent of the field peas, 26 per cent of the spring wheat, 14 per cent of the canola, four per cent of the barley and two per cent of the oats are now seeded. 

The majority of the region received rainfall over the weekend, with the Rapid View area reporting 48 mm. The Hafford area has received the region's greatest amount of rain since April 1 (158 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as nine per cent surplus and 91 per cent adequate while hay land and pasture are rated as four per cent surplus and 96 per cent adequate. CD 9B is indicating that 13 per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

Weed growth has been slow and spotty but herbicide applications are now underway. Pastures are also growing slowly, although cattle are being moved to those pastures with more growth. There are continuing reports of inoculant, seed treatment and fertilizer shortages in some areas of the region. 

Farmers are busy spraying weeds, moving cattle and seeding.


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