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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One year ago
Livestock producers had 69 per cent of the hay crop cut and 43 per cent baled or put into silage.
Crops were in mostly good condition.

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Haying continues in the province and livestock producers now have 42 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 49 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Estimated Provincial Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.3 1.9
Brome/Alfalfa 1.4 1.8
Other Tame Hay 1.1 1.4
Wild Hay 0.9 2.3
Greenfeed 1.7 2.3
Rain showers and high humidity have delayed haying and decreased hay quality in some areas. Thirteen per cent is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, eight per cent fair and two per cent poor. Hay yields are slightly below the five-year average (2009-2013). The estimated average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.3 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.4 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 1.1 tons per acre for other tame hay, 0.9 tons per acre for wild hay and 1.7 tons per acre for greenfeed. On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 1.9 tons per acre for alfalfa, 1.8 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 1.4 tons per acre for other tame hay and 2.3 tons per acre for wild hay and greenfeed.

Rain during the week ranged from trace amounts to 84 mm in the Nipawin area. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and three per cent very short. Some areas in the south are drier than normal and will soon need moisture to help crops mature and fill.

Warm weather has helped advance many crops and the majority are in fair to excellent condition.

Storms moved through the province last week, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and hail. Other sources of crop damage include insects such as grasshoppers and wheat midge and diseases such as root rot and leaf spots.   

Farmers are busy haying and controlling insects and crop disease.


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)

Estimated Southeast Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.3 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.2 N/A
Wild Hay 1.0 N/A
Greenfeed 1.7 N/A
Warm weather is helping to advance many crops in the region; however, many areas are in need of rain to help crops mature and fill. Rainfall varied across the region,  ranging from trace amounts to 37 mm in the Moose Jaw area. The Moosomin area has received 600 mm of rain since April 1, the greatest amount for both the region and the province.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short. Moisture conditions vary across the region. CD 1B is reporting that 29 per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture, while CDs 2A and 3ASE are reporting that 50 per cent of the cropland there is short topsoil moisture.

Livestock producers now have 37 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 23 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as 11 per cent excellent, 82 per cent good, four per cent fair and three per cent poor.

The majority of crop damage is due to localized flooding, wind, hail and drought conditions. Producers are spraying for insects such as wheat midge and grasshoppers, and for diseases such as fusarium head blight, sclerotinia and leaf spots.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling pests and hauling grain.


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)

Estimated Southwest Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.2 1.8
Brome/Alfalfa 1.1 1.4
Other Tame Hay 0.8 N/A
Wild Hay 0.7 N/A
Greenfeed 1.2 2.6
Although recent warm weather has helped crops to advance in the southwest, many of them are suffering from a lack of moisture and will soon need rain to mature and fill. Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts to 37 mm in the Cabri area. Since April 1, the Cadillac area has received 385 mm of rain.

Topsoil moisture conditions are deteriorating in many areas of the region, particularly the Maple Creek area as well as areas near the Alberta and United States borders. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 70 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 60 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 12 per cent short. CD 4A is reporting that 40 per cent of both cropland and hay land and pasture are very short topsoil moisture, while CD 4B is reporting that 20 per cent of cropland and 23 per cent of hay land and pasture is very short of topsoil moisture. 

Haying continues and livestock producers now have 61 per cent baled or put into silage, with an additional 18 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as 10 per cent excellent, 77 per cent good, 10 per cent fair and three per cent poor.

Most crop damage this week is attributed to drought conditions. Other sources include localized flooding, hail, wind, insects and diseases. Some producers are spraying for grasshoppers and diseases in later-seeded crops.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling pests, fixing fences and hauling grain.  

 


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)

Estimated East-central Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 2.1
Brome/Alfalfa 1.4 2.1
Other Tame Hay 1.3 1
Wild Hay 1.1 N/A
Greenfeed 1.8 1.5
Crops continue to recover from recent flooding, although in some areas many fields have been significantly affected. Rain will be needed in many areas of the region to help remaining crops mature and fill. Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to 30 mm in the Saskatoon area. The Foam Lake area has received the most rainfall since April 1 (506 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and five per cent short. CD 5B is reporting that 22 per cent of cropland and 14 per cent of hay land and pasture have surplus topsoil moisture. 

Livestock producers now have 27 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 26 per cent cut and ready for baling. At this time, hay quality is rated as 19 per cent excellent, 75 per cent good and six per cent fair.

Hail, wind and localized flooding have caused the most damage this week. Insects such as wheat midge and grasshoppers are also causing some damage. Producers are spraying for sclerotinia, fusarium and leaf spot diseases.

Farmers are busy haying and controlling diseases and insects. 


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)

Estimated West-central Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.4 2
Brome/Alfalfa 1.3 2.5
Other Tame Hay 1.0 2
Wild Hay 0.9 2.3
Greenfeed 1.7 3.2
Storms moved through the region late last week, bringing high winds, baseball-sized hail and heavy rain. Many fields suffered extensive hail damage, lodging and localized flooding. There are also reports of destroyed buildings, damaged vehicles and toppled grain bins. Some areas received large amounts of rain within a couple of hours: the Biggar area received 82 mm. Since April 1, the Rosetown area has received 313 mm of rain, the most in the region.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. CD 6B is reporting that 12 per cent of cropland and 14 per cent of hay land and pasture is short of topsoil moisture. Rain would be welcomed in many areas of the region to help crops mature and fill.

Haying is progressing and livestock producers now have 41 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 30 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as nine per cent excellent, 83 per cent good and eight per cent fair.

The majority of crop damage this week is attributed to hail, wind and localized flooding. There are also reports of damage from grasshoppers and from diseases such as leaf spot and root rot.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and controlling pests.

 


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)

Estimated Northeast Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.6 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.0 N/A
Wild Hay 1.0 N/A
Greenfeed 1.0 N/A
Some areas of the region received heavy rain last week that has flooded some fields and damaged crops. The Nipawin area reports receiving 84 mm of rain in one day, although there are reports of larger amounts near the Garrick area. Since April 1, the Arborfield area has received 345 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region. 

Topsoil moisture conditions have worsened since last week and are now rated as 40 per cent surplus and 60 per cent adequate on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 67 per cent surplus and 33 per cent adequate. Many areas are in need of some warm and dry weather to dry up fields, while other areas will soon need a rain to help crops mature and fill.  

Haying continues for livestock producers in the region as 35 per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage. An additional 35 per cent is cut and ready for baling. Hay quality at this time is rated as eight per cent excellent, 67 per cent good, 17 per cent fair and eight per cent poor.

Crops are advancing quickly in the region, although wind and localized flooding have caused some damage. Producers are spraying for grasshoppers, wheat midge and diseases such as sclerotinia and leaf spots in later-seeded crops.

Farmers are busy haying, fixing fences and controlling pests.

 


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

Estimated Northwest Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 21, 2014
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.4 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.1 N/A
Wild Hay 1.0 N/A
Greenfeed 2.0 N/A
Recent rain has helped crops advance, but it is slowing down haying. The Neilburg area is reporting that 38 mm of rain was received this past week, while the Hafford area is reporting 377 mm of rain since April 1, the greatest amount in the region.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and four per cent short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 95 per cent adequate and four per cent short. For some in the region, rainfall would be welcomed, while for others, warm and dry weather is needed to help crops advance. 

Thirty-six per cent of the hay crop has now been baled or put into silage, with an additional 26 per cent cut and ready for baling. At this time, hay quality is rated as 23 per cent excellent, 71 per cent good and six per cent fair.

Producers have been monitoring for insect pests and spraying for leaf disease and sclerotinia in later-seeded crops when weather allows. The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, lodging and drought conditions in some areas.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and controlling pests.  

 


 

SK (provincial) Crop Conditions - July 21, 2014 
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 5 5 15 13 12 16 20
% good 59 49 63 67 59 59 45
% fair 25 43 18 16 25 19 17
% poor 10 2 3 4 3 5 12
% very poor 1 1 1 0 1 1 6
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 7 12 5 8 22 15 9
% good 57 56 78 66 58 55 81
% fair 27 23 16 21 15 21 10
% poor 6 8 1 5 4 4 0
% very poor 3 1 0 0 1 5 0
Southeast
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 4 20 12 14 8 14 22
% good 51 61 63 56 60 58 26
% fair 28 18 18 17 25 20 14
% poor 16 1 6 12 5 7 22
% very poor 1 0 1 1 2 1 16
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 7 10 1 9 7 2 0
% good 47 59 71 64 45 32 60
% fair 29 22 25 22 27 33 40
% poor 10 8 2 5 12 13 0
% very poor 7 1 1 0 9 20 0
Southwest
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 0 0 8 12 3 16 3
% good 88 37 70 72 72 65 80
% fair 10 62 21 15 25 18 15
% poor 2 1 1 1 0 1 2
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 0 6 1 0 23 15 8
% good 78 80 85 60 57 65 82
% fair 22 13 13 40 15 18 10
% poor 0 1 1 0 3 2 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
East-central
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 9 6 9 15 5 7 8
% good 47 42 59 60 56 57 58
% fair 32 37 26 21 31 28 22
% poor 9 11 5 4 6 7 12
% very poor 3 4 1 0 2 1 0
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 9 5 3 0 16 14 0
% good 53 45 54 75 47 53 75
% fair 31 37 32 13 28 21 25
% poor 6 12 11 12 8 10 0
% very poor 1 1 0 0 1 2 0
West-central
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 16 7 24 16 22 24 35
% good 74 73 68 68 65 63 50
% fair 10 20 8 16 13 12 15
% poor 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 24 22 20 5 21 27 60
% good 68 66 63 75 71 56 30
% fair 8 12 17 20 8 16 10
% poor 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northeast
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 0 0 11 0 11 10 0
% good 100 100 58 55 55 55 59
% fair 0 0 27 35 31 23 23
% poor 0 0 3 8 3 11 17
% very poor 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 7 9 0 5 1 0 N/A
% good 57 51 25 50 52 70 N/A
% fair 33 24 65 30 20 18 N/A
% poor 3 14 5 10 21 7 N/A
% very poor 0 2 5 5 6 5 N/A
   
Northwest
  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Canaryseed
% excellent 28 1 33 N/A 31 30 N/A
% good 37 99 57 N/A 62 63 N/A
% fair 35 0 10 N/A 7 7 N/A
% poor 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 N/A
% very poor 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 N/A
 
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea
% excellent 30 28 N/A N/A 31 0 N/A
% good 70 56 N/A N/A 51 75 N/A
% fair 0 15 N/A N/A 17 25 N/A
% poor 0 1 N/A N/A 1 0 N/A
% very poor 0 0 N/A N/A 0 0 N/A

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