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       Friday, October 20, 2017

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Sixty-seven per cent of the crop was seeded despite significant rain across most of the province.

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Great strides were made this week as producers now have 64 per cent of the crop seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. This is up from 22 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year is also 64 per cent. Warm and dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field after rain delays last week.

The southwestern region continues to lead seeding progress for the province as producers now have 80 per cent of the crop in the ground. The west-central region has 68 per cent seeded; the northwest 60 per cent; the northeast 59 per cent; the southeast 58 per cent; and the east-central region 52 per cent.

Varying amounts of rainfall were received this week, ranging from trace amounts to over three inches in some northwestern areas. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 13 per cent excellent, 57 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and six per cent poor. Although many emerged crops are either at or behind their normal development stages for this time of year, the majority are in good condition. Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding, hail and wind.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle to pasture.


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 visitwww.saskcropinsurance.com.

Seeding Progress by Crop District
CD May 26
2014
May 27
2013
1a 33 57
1b 53 66
2a 78 68
2b 63 71
3ase 85 75
3asw 65 73
3an 65 83
3bs 82 91
3bn 89 87
4a 87 97
4b 85 84
5a 52 62
5b 56 55
6a 48 61
6b 56 60
7a 80 70
7b 68 66
8a 65 46
8b 55 54
9ae 55 55
9aw 59 64
9b 60 73

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 26, 2014

64

5 year avg.
(2009-2013)

64

May 27/13

67

May 21/12

64

May 23/11

54

May 27/10

55

May 25/09

79

10 year avg.
(2004-2013)

68

 


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 26, 2014)

1A

33

1B

53

2A

78

2B

63

3ASE

85

Region average

58

five-year average
(2009-2013)

59

Despite wet field conditions and continuous rain in some areas, 58 per cent of the crop is now seeded. This is up significantly from 19 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 59 per cent. At this time it is estimated that eight per cent of acres in the region will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.   

A large amount of rainfall was received across much of the region. This flooded some fields and access roads. The Glenavon area received 41 mm of rain while the Moose Jaw area reported 187 mm since April 1; the greatest amount for the region. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 30 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and one per cent short while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent surplus and 72 per cent adequate. CD 1A is reporting that 49 per cent of the cropland and 43 per cent of the hay land and pasture have surplus moisture at this time.

Emerging crops are in good condition, although some winter cereal crops are showing signs of winterkill damage. However, damage is not severe in most areas and few fields will need re-seeding. 67 per cent of fall cereals, 82 per cent of spring cereals, 83 per cent of oilseeds and 77 per cent of pulses are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. The majority of crop damage reported this week was due to localized flooding and hail. Warm and dry weather is needed to dry up fields and hasten crop maturity.

Livestock water is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 22 per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and four per cent poor.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, rolling pulses and moving cattle.


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 26, 2014)

3ASW

65

3AN

65

3BS

82

3BN

89

4A

87

4B

85

Region average

80

five-year average
(2009-2013)

72

Producers are well ahead of the five-year (2009-2013) seeding average for this time of year (72 per cent). 80 per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the ground, significantly up from 39 per cent last week. Many producers have almost completed seeding operations while others will need at least another week. At this time it is estimated that two per cent of acres in the region will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.  

Rainfall varied from trace amounts to 28 mm in the Vanguard area. The Limerick area has received the greatest amount of precipitation in the region since April 1 (124 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as four per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short. CD 3AN is reporting that 19 per cent of the cropland and 17 per cent of the hay land and pasture have surplus topsoil moisture at this time. In contrast, CD 4A is reporting that 18 per cent of the cropland and 32 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short topsoil moisture. Rain will be needed soon in some areas to alleviate dry fields and pasture conditions and to help crops emerge and develop.

66 per cent of the fall cereals, 62 per cent of the spring cereals, 60 per cent of the oilseeds and 64 per cent of the pulses are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Most crop damage this week was caused by insects such as cutworms, wind and localized drought-like conditions. The majority of emerged crops are in good condition, although there are reports that some winter cereal fields may need re-seeding due to winterkill damage. Many fields have higher-than-normal weed populations for this time of year. Some producers close to the United States border are beginning in-crop spraying operations.  

Livestock water is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as nine per cent excellent, 67 per cent good, 20 per cent fair and four per cent poor.

Farmers are busy finishing seeding, controlling 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 26, 2014)

5A

52

5B

56

6A

48

Region average

52

five-year average
(2009-2013)

52

Seeding is nicely progressing in the region with 52 per cent of the crop now seeded, up from 12 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is also 52 per cent. At this time it is estimated that five per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Most of the region received rainfall this week, this has delayed some producers. The Bulyea area received the greatest amount of rain for both the week (41 mm) and since April 1 (164 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 21 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and one per cent short. CD 6A continues to report surplus moisture conditions on both cropland (28 per cent) and hay land and pasture (15 per cent).

Many crops in the area are just starting to emerge. 68 per cent of the fall cereals, 80 per cent of the spring cereals, 81 per cent of the oilseeds and 85 per cent of the pulses are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding, wind and frost. Pasture conditions have improved from last week and are rated as six per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 31 per cent fair and 16 per cent poor. Livestock water availability is adequate.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, picking rocks and fixing fences.


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 26, 2014)

6B

56

7A

80

7B

68

Region average

68

five-year average
(2009-2013)

71

Recent rain and warm weather has helped seeding progress and crops emerge quickly. The west-central region now has 68 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from 29 per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 71 per cent. At this time it is estimated that three per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Although rain was welcomed by some producers in the western part of the region, other areas would prefer warm weather to dry fields up. The Sonningdale area received 44 mm of rain this week, bringing its total received since April 1 to 172 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and five per cent short. CD 7A is reporting that 10 per cent of cropland and 17 per cent of hay land and pasture is short topsoil moisture at this time.

Despite the warm weather, 70 per cent of the fall cereals, 73 per cent of the spring cereals, 77 per cent of the oilseeds and 67 per cent of the pulses are behind their normal stages of development for this time of year. Crop damage this week is from localized flooding, hail and wind. A storm that moved through parts of the region on Monday night damaged buildings and trees. Pastures are growing nicely and conditions are rated as nine per cent excellent, 56 per cent good, 29 per cent fair and six per cent short. Livestock water availability is adequate.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, picking rocks and moving cattle.


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 26, 2014)

8A

65

8B

55

9AE

55

Region average

59

five-year average
(2009-2013)

61

Tremendous seeding progress was made in the northeastern region this week. 59 per cent of the crop is now seeded, up from just nine per cent last week. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 61 per cent. At this time it is estimated that three per cent of the acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture. Warm weather is needed to help crops emerge and catch up to their normal developmental stages.     

Rainfall received on Monday has delayed some producers but many will be back in the field by the weekend. The Humboldt region received 25 mm this week, bringing the total average amount received since April 1 to 117 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate, three per cent short and two per cent very short. CD 8B is reporting that 14 per cent of the cropland has surplus moisture at this time.

The region is reporting that 49 per cent of the fall cereals and 50 per cent of the spring cereals are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. 59 per cent of both the oilseeds and pulse crops are behind normal stages of development. Crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding and wind. Hay land and pastures are growing well and some cattle are being moved. Pasture conditions are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 59 per cent good, 23 per cent fair and three per cent poor while livestock water availability is adequate.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, picking rocks and moving cattle.


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 26, 2014)

9AW

59

9B

60

Region average

60

five-year average
(2009-2013)

72

Heavy rain received earlier this week has set back seeding for some producers in the region. 60 per cent of the crop is now in the ground, trailing the five-year (2009-2013) average of 72 per cent. 17 per cent of the crop had been seeded as of last week. At this time it is estimated that four per cent of the acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture. Warm and dry weather will be needed for seeding to be completed within the next few weeks.

The North Battleford region received 80 mm of rain this week, the greatest amount since April 1 for both the region and the province (216 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate while hay land and pasture are rated as 12 per cent surplus and 88 per cent adequate. CD 9AW is reporting that 37 per cent of the cropland and 18 per cent of the hay land and pasture have surplus topsoil moisture.

Crops are beginning to emerge in many areas and the majority is in good condition. 59 per cent of the fall cereals, 73 per cent of the spring cereals and oilseeds and 70 per cent of the pulses are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Localized flooding and hail has caused most of the crop damage this week. Livestock water is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 17 per cent excellent, 56 per cent good, 23 per cent fair and four per cent poor. Weed growth has been slow and some producers may not be able to complete pre-seed or pre-emergence herbicide applications due to wet fields. 

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


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