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     Saturday, October 01, 2016

Saskatchewan's livestock producers now have 72 per cent of the hay crop baled

One year ago
Livestock producers had 90 per cent of the hay crop cut and 75 per cent baled or put into silage. Crops were starting to turn and some pulses were being desiccated.

 
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or put into silage, with an additional 13 per cent ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Rain showers and high humidity are keeping swathes from drying properly and have decreased hay quality in some areas. At this time, eight per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Rainfall in the province ranged from nil to several inches. While rain was welcomed by many producers to help alleviate dry conditions, additional rain will be needed to help later-seeded crops mature and fill. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 15 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their animals.

There are reports of crops starting to turn. Desiccation of peas and lentils has just started in some southwestern and west-central areas. Some crops that were damaged by recent hail are being swathed for feed. Strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail have caused the majority of crop damage this week. Grasshoppers and leaf spot diseases have also caused some damage.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Haying progress continues in the region as livestock producers now have 77 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. There is an additional 13 per cent cut and ready for baling. High humidity and rain showers are preventing swath dry down and there has been some quality loss. Hay quality is rated as nine per cent excellent, 78 per cent good and 13 per cent fair.

Crops are advancing quickly in much of the region thanks to the recent warm weather; however, rain is needed in some areas to help crops fill and recover from the heat. The majority of crops are in podding and filling stages, with some later-seeded crops finishing up flowering. Crop development in much of the region is delayed, although desiccation of pulses may begin soon in earlier-seeded areas. There are reports of some producers spraying for grasshoppers in flax, lentil and hay crops, although spraying is localized. Some hail damaged crops are being cut for feed.

Rainfall in the region ranged from trace amounts to 26 mm in the Radville area. Since April 1, the Moosomin area has received 612 mm of rain, the greatest amount for both the region and the province. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and one per cent very short. 

Pasture conditions are rated as nine per cent excellent, 78 per cent good, 11 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Livestock water availability is adequate.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling pests, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Despite wet and humid conditions, haying progress continues in the region. Eighty-five per cent of the hay crop is now baled or put into silage, with an additional 10 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as 12 per cent excellent, 73 per cent good and 15 per cent fair; there has been some quality loss to swaths due to rain and humidity.

Crops are advancing and many are starting to turn. Some producers have begun desiccating pulses and may begin combining in the coming days if dry down is quick. There have also been reports of some fall rye crops being combined. However, the majority of the crop continues to be behind normal developmental stages compared to previous years. Although much of the region received rainfall this week, additional moisture is needed to help later-seeded crops fill and for topsoil moisture to be replenished. Strong winds, heavy rain and large hail damaged some crops this week. Some producers continue to spray for grasshoppers.  

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 54 mm in the Bengough area; some areas reported heavy rain that caused localized flooding and lodged crops. Since April 1, the Cadillac area has received 411 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 71 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 55 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and six per cent very short. 

Pasture conditions are rated as 10 per cent excellent, 56 per cent good, 28 per cent fair and six per cent poor. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, desiccating pulses and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Haying progress is quickly advancing due to the recent warm weather. Sixty-nine per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional 16 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality has improved since last week and is now rated as 10 per cent excellent, 87 per cent good and three per cent fair. 

For the most part, crops are behind normal stages of development but are catching up in some areas. Additional warm weather and timely rains will be needed to help the later-seeded crops mature and fill. Some earlier-seeded crops in western areas of the region may be desiccated or swathed in the coming weeks. Some producers continue to spray for leaf spot diseases and for grasshoppers in lentil and flax crops. Strong winds, heavy rain and hail caused the majority of damage this week.

The region received various amounts of rain this week, ranging from trace amounts to 70 mm in the Kamsack area. The Rhein area leads the region with the greatest amount of rainfall received since April 1 (554 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as nine per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 16 per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling pests, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Recent rain showers and high humidity are delaying haying progress and swath dry down for many producers in the region. Seventy-one per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional 15 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 64 per cent good and 32 per cent fair.

Crops are quickly advancing in the region and some producers may begin desiccation and swathing operations within the next week or two on earlier-seeded crops. However, the majority of crops are still behind normal developmental stages for this time of year. Recent storms brought strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail to some areas of the region and some hail damaged fields are now being cut for feed. There have been reports of higher than expected disease levels in some crops while some producers continue to spray for grasshoppers in lentil crops.

The Major area received the most rain this week with 70 mm, bringing its total amount received since April 1 to 343 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.   

Pasture conditions are rated as 23 per cent excellent, 67 per cent good and 10 per cent fair. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Warm weather is helping to advance haying progress in much of the northeastern region. Livestock producers now have 88 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional eight per cent ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as nine per cent excellent, 82 per cent good, four per cent fair and five per cent poor.

Although crops are maturing nicely, the majority are still a week or more behind normal stages of development for this time of year. Additional rain in the next few days would help later-seeded crops mature and fill. Some producers may begin desiccation and swathing operations soon if weather permits. There was very little crop damage reported this week as conditions were ideal for many areas of the region.

Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts to 20 mm in the Humboldt area. Since April 1, the Prince Albert area has received the greatest amount of rain for the region (398 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 96 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 17 per cent excellent, 80 per cent good and three per cent fair. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.


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

Haying progress has been slow for much of the region due to wet conditions and high humidity. Sixty-seven per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional 17 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is declining and is now rated as 82 per cent good and 18 per cent fair.

Much of the region received large amounts of rain that has lodged and damaged some crops. Warm and dry weather will be needed to help dry fields up and mature crops. The majority of fields are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Some are in very poor condition due to excess moisture. Some producers have been spraying for grasshoppers in hay fields and pastures but damage appears to be scattered at this time.

Rain in the region varied from trace amounts to 75 mm in the Meadow Lake area, although there are reports of higher amounts in surrounding areas. Since April 1, the North Battleford area has received 446 mm of cumulative rain, the greatest amount for the region. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as five per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and one per cent short while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 96 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 26 per cent excellent, 66 per cent good and eight per cent fair. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.  

 

 

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