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One year ago
Seven per cent of the 2014 crop had been seeded. The southwest region had 20 per cent in the ground.

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 11, 2015

34

May 12, 2014

7

May 13, 2013

8

May 9, 2011

5

May 14, 2012  22

May 13, 2010

5

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

9

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

17

Significant seeding progress was made this past week. Thirty-four per cent of the 2015 crop is now seeded, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded.

Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 61 per cent of the crop seeded. In the southeast, 45 per cent is seeded; the west-central region has 26 per cent seeded; the east-central region 16 per cent, the northeastern region 13 per cent and northwestern region has 31 per cent seeded.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and four per cent very short. Moisture conditions vary throughout the province.

In parts of the southwestern and west-central regions, some moisture would be beneficial to get crops off to a good start. Some areas in the southeast and in the east-central region, however, still have surplus moisture. Cool weather has resulted in slow emergence of crops. Some farmers have reported frost damage to emerged crops and alfalfa.


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 11, 2015)

1A

26

1B

39

2A

72

2B

42

3ASE

83

Region average

45

Forty-five per cent of the 2015 crop has been seeded in the region. Rain showers were reported throughout the region, but farmers were still able to make significant progress over last week.

Crop land topsoil moisture is reported as 13 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. Most areas are reporting adequate topsoil moisture, although Crop District 1B is reporting surplus moisture on 33 and 31 per cent cropland and hay and pasture land, respectively.

Precipitation varied throughout the week ranging from nil to 22 mm (Indian Head area). This region has reported the most amount of rain since April 1 (53 mm). Some areas have reported less than 10 mm of rain since April 1.

Cool weather has slowed germination of crops. Frost, with temperatures as low as -5 C, was reported on several nights last week. There have been reports of damage to emerging crops and alfalfa. Farmers are hoping for warmer temperatures. Some areas could use a rain as topsoil moisture islacking. 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)

Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 11, 2015)

3ASW

43

3AN

28

3BS

66

3BN

67

4A

76

4B

78

Region average

61

The southwestern region has  61 per cent of the 2015 crop seeded. Most areas received spotty rain showers, but nothing significant enough to slow seeding operations.

Very little rain, ranging from nil to 15 mm (Gull Lake area), was recorded in the region. The Eyebrow area has accumulated the most rainfall since April 1 (83 mm). Areas around Maple Creek, Kyle, Richmound, Cabri and Leader have reported less than 10 mm of rain since April 1. Some areas are hoping for rain to get crops emerged and pastures and hay growth started.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 62 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.

Frost was reported over a couple of nights, with temperatures reaching -8 C in some areas. There have been reports of frost damage to some emerging crops and alfalfa. Crop emergence has been slow due to cool weather, so the extent of the frost damage is still being assessed. Pasture growth has also been slow due to cool weather.

 


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 11, 2015)

5A

26

5B

14

6A

9

Region average

16

Sixteen per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground. Although seeding is progressing, spotty rain showers over most of the region resulted in short seeding days. Producers are spending time traveling between fields, testing them out to make sure the soil is capable of holding equipment. Seeding ranges from five to 75 per cent complete. Precipitation ranged from nil to 15 mm (Watrous area). A large amount of water is lying in many fields, making road access an issue.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 22 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. CD 6A is reporting that 34 per cent of cropland has surplus topsoil moisture.

Temperatures dipped well below freezing for some areas, but fortunately, most seeded crops have yet to emerge. Producers are indicating that there has been some frost damage to alfalfa. There are a couple of reports of farmers finishing up last fall's harvest. Warm weather would be appreciated by all.


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 11, 2015)

6B

23

7A

22

7B

35

Region average

26

Good seeding progress was made during the week and producers now have 26 per cent of the crop seeded. Seeding progress ranges from five to 60 per cent complete. Most areas reported no rain for the week, although the Dinsmore and Conquest areas reported 10 mm. The Hanley area has recorded the greatest amount of moisture since April 1 (58 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. Crop District 7A is reporting that 36 per cent of cropland and 44 per cent of hay land and pasture are short of topsoil moisture. Although calving weather has been good, pastures and hay fields are growing slowly due to low moisture and cool temperatures. Freezing temperatures were reported, dipping down to -8 C in some areas.

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)

Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 11, 2015)

8A

21

8B

7

9AE

10

Region average

13

The region has 13 per cent of the 2015 crop seeded, up from just two per cent last week. Farmers are in the fields controlling weeds prior to seeding, fertilizing and scouting out which fields can support farm equipment. Many have just started seeding. Seeding progress ranges from three to 65 per cent complete. Warm and dry weather is needed.

Rain showers were reported for most of the region, resulting in short field-work days. The amount of rainfall ranged from nil to 18 mm (Arborfield area). The Vonda area has reported the most amount of rain since April 1 (58 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Freezing temperatures were reported many nights during the past week, reaching -6 C in some areas. There are reports that some producers are holding back on seeding due to the cool weather, frost risk and low soil temperatures. Cool weather has slowed crop germination and pasture growth. Spraying has been an issue due to strong winds, cold nights and slow weed growth.


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 11, 2015)

9AW

25

9B

37

Region average

31

Significant seeding progress was made in the region due to good weather and lack of rain interruptions. Thirty-one per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from just seven per cent last week. Most areas reported no rain for the week with good topsoil moisture conditions. The amount of rainfall ranged from nil to 5 mm (Meadow Lake area). The Hafford area has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 (37 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate, five per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 90 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Temperatures dipped down to -10 C in some areas of the region, causing damage to alfalfa crops. Cool temperatures have delayed crop emergence. Producers are indicating that moisture is adequate for the most part, but that warm weather is now needed to germinate seed and advance pastures.


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