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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Seeding had just started for some areas of the province. The southwest region had two per cent of the crop seeded. Cold temperatures with significant moisture events delayed seeding. 

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 4, 2015

14

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

2

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

4

Fourteen per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is two per cent seeded.

Thanks to the dry weather in the southwest, farmers in that region have 34 per cent of the 2015 crop in the ground. In the rest of the province, seeding has started for most farmers. In the southeast, producers have 14 per cent seeded; west-central producers have eight per cent seeded; northwestern producers seven per cent; east-central producers three per cent and northeastern producers two per cent. In some areas of the province, spotty rain showers throughout the week have caused some delay in seeding.

Thirty-two percent of the field peas have been seeded, 29 per cent of the lentils, 33 per cent of the mustard, 25 per cent of the durum and eight per cent of the spring wheat and canola.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and three per cent very short.


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)

Fourteen of the 2015 crop has been seeded in the region. Seeding conditions vary across the region. In some areas, seeding has just started, while in other areas, good progress has been made thanks to the dry weather. Seeding started this past week in crop districts 1A, 1B and 2B where field conditions have been wet. Crop districts 2A and 3ASE are further ahead in seeding and, in some areas, a good rain would help get seed germinated and off to a good start. CDs 1A and 1B are reporting nine per cent seeded; 2A 24 per cent; 2B seven per cent and 3ASE 60 per cent. Thirty-two per cent of the field peas, 21 per cent of the lentils and 11 per cent of the spring wheat have been seeded.

Very little rain-ranging from nil to 4 mm (Indian Head area)-was reported in the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short. CDs 1B and 2B are reporting 44 per cent and 37 per cent of the cropland, respectively, have surplus topsoil moisture.

Farmers are busy seeding, pre-working fields and putting down fertilizer and weed control products. There are indications that some seeding plans are starting to change due to wet field conditions in some areas. Poor road conditions in some areas are limiting access to fields.


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)

Dry weather for several weeks in the southwest has allowed farmers to get 34 per cent of the 2015 crop seeded. Good progress was made in seeding peas, lentils and durum. Forty-seven per cent of the lentils and peas, and 30 per cent of the durum have been seeded. CD 3ASW is reporting 19 per cent seeded; 3BS 28 per cent; 3BN 38 per cent; 4A 48 per cent and 4B 27 per cent.

Very little rain-ranging from nil to 10 mm (Eyebrow area)-was recorded in the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and 26 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 60 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Spotty rain showers in the eastern part of the region (Limerick and Eyebrow areas) have delayed seeding. Most producers are indicating seeding conditions are good.


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)

Seeding is just getting underway for farmers in the region, which has three per cent of the 2015 crop seeded. Rain showers were reported across most of the region, resulting in short seeding days. Precipitation ranged from nil to 13 mm (Abernethy area). Crop District 5A has seven per cent seeded; 5B one per cent and 6A two per cent. A large amount of water is lying in many fields and there has been some localized flooding of roads, limiting access to fields in some areas.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 30 per cent surplus and 70 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and two per cent short. CD 6A is reporting that 36 per cent of cropland has surplus topsoil moisture.

Farmers are busy pre-working fields, applying fertilizer and seeding. There are a couple of reports of farmers picking up harvest from where they left off last fall.


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)

Good seeding progress was made during the week and eight per cent of the crop is now seeded. Crop districts 6B and 7B have seven per cent seeded and CD 7A has 11 per cent seeded. Twenty-one per cent of the peas and nine per cent of the lentils have been seeded. Very little rain-ranging from nil to 3 mm (Harris area)-fell in the region ranging.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Crop District 7A is reporting that 21 per cent of cropland acres are short of topsoil moisture.

Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, applying fertilizer and weed control products and putting cows to pasture.


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)

The majority of producers are in the field with pre seeding operations, and seeding has just started for some. Two per cent of the 2015 crop has been seeded. Peas, canola and wheat are being seeded. Last week's rain/snow, combined with spotty rain showers this week have delayed field work and warm weather will be needed to dry up fields. Some roads are in poor condition, limiting field access in some areas.

Rain fell across most of the region, resulting in shortened field work days. The amount of rainfall ranged from nil to 12 mm (Tisdale area).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent surplus and 67 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus and 87 per cent adequate. Crop District 8A is reporting 55 per cent surplus topsoil moisture on cropland.

Farmers are busy with pre-seeding field operations 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)

Good seeding progress was made during the week. The northwestern region has seven per cent of the 2015 in the ground. At nine per cent seeded, Crop District 9B is a little further ahead than the rest of the district. The majority of this district missed the rain/snow from last week, allowing fields to dry up. Crop District 9AW has five per cent seeded. Peas, canola and wheat are going in. Very little rain-ranging from nil to 4 mm (North Battleford area)-fell in the region this week.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 92 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.

Farmers are busy with pre-seeding field operations, seeding and moving cattle to pasture.


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