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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One Year Ago
Twenty two per cent of the 2014 crop had been seeded. The southwest region had 39 per cent in the ground.

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Seeding Progress by
Crop District

CD May 18/15 May 19/14
1a 53 5
1b 42 21
2a 86 32
2b 77 19
3ase 91 50
3asw 75 22
3an 64 21
3bs 87 47
3bn 94 50
4a 91 46
4b 96 37
5a 44 14
5b 41 12
6a 41 10
6b 55 25
7a 82 36
7b 79 26
8a 47 13
8b 42 7
9ae 28 6
9aw 60 17
9b 75 18

Dry weather this past week allowed producers to make significant seeding progress across the province. Sixty-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 24 per cent seeded.

Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 86 per cent of the crop seeded. In the southeast, 66 per cent is seeded; the west-central region has 72 per cent seeded; the east-central and northeastern regions have 42 per cent seeded; and northwestern region has 68 per cent seeded.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and six per cent very short. Moisture conditions vary throughout the province.

Precipitation varied across the province, ranging from nil to 49 mm. Cool dry weather has delayed germination and crop development in many areas. Frost was reported in many areas and producers are assessing damage at this time. Producers are hoping for warm weather.  Some areas have reported wet conditions resulting in machinery getting stuck and some access roads being impassable. Other areas are hoping for rain to recharge the top soil that is getting too dry.

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 18, 2015

64

May 19, 2014

22

May 20, 2013

27

May 14, 2012

22

May 16, 2011

23

May 20, 2010

28

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

24

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

40

Saskatchewan Seeding
Progress May 18, 2015
% Seeded

Spring wheat

63

Durum

81

Barley

52

Oats

32

Canaryseed

60

Flax

42

Canola

56

Mustard

81

Lentils

90

Peas

92

Chickpeas

83


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)

Sixty six per cent of the 2015 crop has been seeded in the region. While the rain was welcome for pasture and hay land in some areas, it delayed seeding in other areas.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 26 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 23 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Most areas are reporting adequate topsoil moisture. Crop districts 1A and 1B are reporting 45 and 50 per cent surplus moisture on crop land, respectively, and 40 and 36 per cent surplus moisture on hay land and pasture, respectively.

Precipitation ranged from nil to 49 mm (Moosomin area). This region has reported the most amount of rain since April 1 (90 mm). Some areas in the region have received less than 10 mm of rain since April 1.

Cool weather has slowed germination and development of crops. Frost was reported on several nights last week. There are reports of some producers getting stuck in wet fields. Farmers are hoping for warmer temperatures. More cattle have been moved to pasture. Farmers are busy seeding, rolling crops and pre-seed spraying when the weather permits.


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)

The southwestern region is leading in seeding progress, with 86 per cent seeded. Dry conditions in the region have allowed producers to make significant progress in seeding.

Precipitation ranged from trace to 43 mm (Big Beaver area). The Mortlach area has accumulated the most rainfall since April 1 (74.5 mm). Areas around Maple Creek, Richmound, Tyner, Kyle and Leader have reported less than 10 mm of rain since April 1. Producers in many areas are hoping for rain to get crops emerged and pastures and hay growth started.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 56 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 56 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. Crop districts 4B, 4A and 3BN are reporting that 75 to 100 per cent of crop land, pasture and hay land are short to very short soil moisture.

Most areas in the region reported frost on many nights during the week (as low as -7 C in some areas). There are concerns about crop damage but time will tell how much, if any, damage crops suffered. The dry, cool weather has delayed crop germination and development; therefore, heat and rain are needed in most areas. Livestock producers are winding up with calving and taking animals out to pasture. Despite the lack of precipitation, dugouts are reported to be full.


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)

Forty two per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground. Cool, dry weather allowed producers to make good seeding progress; however, the crop is slow to germinate and emerged crops show slow growth.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 21 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short. CD 6A is reporting the widest range in topsoil moisture conditions (28 per cent surplus and 12 per cent short on cropland; 17 per cent surplus and 21 per cent short on pasture and hay land).

Temperatures dipped well below freezing for some areas; however, most seeded crops have yet to emerge, which may have helped them avoid frost damage. Producers are hoping for warm weather and rainfall in some parts of the region.


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 producers now have 72 per cent of the crop seeded. Progress ranged from 55 per cent (CD 6B) to 82 per cent (CD 7A) complete.

The dry spell has continued in the west-central region, with precipitation ranging from nil to trace amounts. The Outlook area has recorded the greatest amount of moisture since April 1 (55 mm0.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as two per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and two per cent very short. Crop districts 7A and 7B, respectively, are reporting 55 and 39 per cent of the crop land being short to very short top soil moisture; and 64 and 50 per cent of pasture and hay land being short to very short top soil moisture.

Dry and cold conditions have slowed down crop germination and development. There are reports of crop damage due to frost, particularly on alfalfa. This has also resulted in grass and forage crops stalling in pastures and hayfields. Producers are hoping for warm weather and precipitation.


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 region has 42 per cent of the 2015 crop seeded, up from 13 per cent last week. Progress ranges from 28 per cent (CD 9AE) to 47 per cent (CD 8A). Cool but dry weather allowed producers to make good progress in seeding. There has been very little precipitation in the region. The Vonda area has reported the most rainfall since April 1 (58 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 4 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short. Crop District 8A reports that 25 per cent of cropland, pasture and hay land as being short top soil moisture.

Freezing temperatures were reported on many nights during the past week. Due to cool weather and low soil temperatures, some producers held back seeding and are now just starting. Others, however, have made tremendous progress and will soon be finished. The cool weather continues to slow crop germination and pasture growth. Spraying has also 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)

Cool, dry weather allowed producers to make significant seeding progress in the region. Sixty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from 31 per cent last week. Most areas reported no rain for the week and good topsoil moisture conditions. Rainfall ranged from nil to one mm. The Hafford area has received the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 (37 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 80 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated 72 per cent adequate and 28 per cent short. Crop District 9AW reports that 13 per cent of crop land and pasture and hay land are short top soil moisture, while CD 9B reports 26 per cent of cropland and 34 per cent of pasture and hay land being short to very short top soil moisture.

Cool temperatures and dry soil conditions have delayed emergence and crop development in the region. Producers in some areas are beginning to worry about soil moisture conditions. Warm weather and rainfall are needed to germinate seed and advance crops and pastures.


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