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One year ago
Dry weather allowed most producers to return to the field after rain delays. Sixty-four per cent of the 2014 crop had been seeded.

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 25, 2015

87

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

61

May 26/14

64

May 27/13

67

May 21/12

64

May 23/11

54

May 27/10

55

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

68

Producers now have 87 per cent of the crop seeded, well ahead of the five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year (61 per cent), according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Dry weather has allowed many producers to finish seeding while others will need another week or more.

The southwestern and west-central regions are nearing completion with 93 per cent of the crop in the ground. The northwestern region has 89 per cent seeded; the southeastern has 87 per cent seeded; the east-central region has 83 per cent seeded; and the northeastern region has 75 per cent seeded. 

SK Crop Development - May 25

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

9

79

12

Spring Cereals

10

69

21

Oilseeds

5

72

23

Pulse Crops

9

67

24

Little to no rain was received this week, with some areas in the northeastern region reporting 2 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 49 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Rain is needed in much of the province to help with crop emergence and to recharge the topsoil that is getting dry in some areas. 

The majority of emerged crops are either at or are behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year. They are in relatively good condition with most crop damage being caused by flea beetles, cutworms and lack of moisture. Despite heavy frost in many areas early last week, most crops were not damaged; however, there has been some re-seeding of oilseed crops.  

Pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 32 per cent fair, 14 per cent poor and six per cent very poor.

Farmers are busy finishing seeding operations, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


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)

SE SK Crop Development - May 25

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

10

82

8

Spring Cereals

6

67

27

Oilseeds

4

71

25

Pulse Crops

6

57

37

Significant seeding progress was made this week as producers in the region now have 87 per cent of the crop in the ground. This is up from 66 per cent last week. Dry weather has allowed producers to return to the field after rain delays last week. Seeding will likely be wrapped up in the next week or so for the majority of producers.

Little to no rain was received in the region last week. The Moosomin area has received the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 with 90 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and one per cent very short. While Crop District 1B is reporting 33 per cent surplus topsoil moisture on cropland, 2B is reporting that 21 per cent of the cropland is short topsoil moisture. Many areas in the region could use some rain to help replenish the topsoil while others need heat to help dry some fields and access roads.    

Emerging crops are in good condition, although germination and emergence has been slower than normal. Eighty-two per cent of fall cereals, 67 per cent of spring cereals, 71 per cent of oilseeds and 57 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. The majority of crop damage this week was due to flea beetles and there are reports of some producers spraying their canola. Although damage from frost received last week was minimal on most crops, there was some re-seeding of canola and flax crops in some areas. Some alfalfa was also damaged from frost.    

Rainfall would be beneficial to pastures in the region as conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 54 per cent good, 35 per cent fair, four per cent poor and one per cent very poor.  

Farmers are busy finishing up seeding, rolling pulse crops, controlling weeds, picking rocks and moving cattle.


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)

SW SK Crop Development - May 25

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

6

78

16

Spring Cereals

10

70

20

Oilseeds

9

68

23

Pulse Crops

11

70

19

Ninety-three per cent of the crop is in the ground in the southwestern region. This is up from 86 per cent last week. Many producers have finished seeding or will in the coming days. There are concerns about slow crop germination and emergence due to a lack of moisture in much of the region. Rain is needed soon to replenish topsoil moisture for both crops and hay land and pasture.

Little to no rain fell this week and many areas are reporting less than 20 mm of precipitation has been received since April 1. The Eyebrow area is reporting the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1 (83 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 48 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 45 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 23 per cent very short. Crop Districts 3BN, 4A and 4B are reporting that 21 per cent, 20 per cent and 67 per cent, respectively, of cropland is very short topsoil moisture. CD 4A is also reporting that 66 per cent of hay land and pasture is very short topsoil moisture.     

Emergence of crops has been very slow, although crops are in relatively good condition. Seventy-eight per cent of fall cereals, 70 per cent of spring cereals, 68 per cent of oilseeds and 70 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Flea beetles, cutworms, pea leaf weevil and lack of moisture have caused the majority of crop damage this week. Although damage from frost received last week was minimal on most crops, there was some re-seeding of canola and flax crops in some areas. Some alfalfa was damaged from frost.

Rainfall is needed for hay land and pastures to become greener. Pasture conditions are rated as one per cent excellent, 36 per cent good, 26 per cent fair, 24 per cent poor and 13 per cent very poor.

Farmers are busy finishing up seeding, controlling weeds and fixing fences.


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)

EC SK Crop Development - May 25

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

16

65

19

Spring Cereals

13

71

16

Oilseeds

7

74

19

Pulse Crops

6

79

15

Seeding progress nearly doubled in the east-central region thanks to warm and dry weather. Eighty-three per cent of the crop is now in the ground. This is up from 42 per cent last week. Many producers will need at least another week of warm and dry weather to get the remainder of their crop seeded. 

Little to no rain fell this week, helping to dry up areas with excess moisture. The Bradwell area has received 91 mm of rainfall since April 1, the greatest amount for both the region and the province. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as six per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and four per cent very short. While some areas are in need of rain to help crops emerge, other areas need heat to help dry fields.

Crop emergence and development is slower than normal, although crops are in good condition. Sixty-five per cent of fall cereals, 71 per cent of spring cereals, 74 per cent of oilseeds and 79 per cent of pulses are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Some canola fields have been damaged by flea beetles and there are reports of producers spraying. Frost received last week damaged some crops and alfalfa fields but the majority of crops affected have recovered; however, there has been some re-seeding of canola in some areas.   

Rainfall is needed for hay land and pastures to become greener in many areas. Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 51 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.

Farmers are busy finishing up seeding, controlling weeds, picking rocks and moving cattle.


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)

WC SK Crop Development - May 25

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

1

85

14

Spring Cereals

8

58

34

Oilseeds

4

64

32

Pulse Crops

9

59

32

Seeding is nearing completion for the west-central region as 93 per cent of the crop is now in the ground. This is up from 72 per cent last week. Many producers have wrapped up seeding operations while others will need a few more days in order to finish. There are concerns that germination and emergence is delayed due to lack of moisture in many areas.  

No rain was received this week. The Hanley area has received the greatest amount of rainfall for the region since April 1 with 58 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions are deteriorating in much of the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 37 per cent adequate, 51 per cent short and 11 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 60 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Crop District 7A is reporting that 17 per cent of cropland acres and 24 per cent of hay land and pasture is very short topsoil moisture at this time.

Germination and emergence has been very slow, although the majority of crops are in good condition. Eighty-five per cent of fall cereals, 58 per cent of spring cereals, 64 per cent of oilseeds and 59 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. There have been reports of flea beetles and cutworms damaging canola crops and some producers are spraying for them.  

Rainfall is needed very soon in the region as pasture conditions are rated as two per cent excellent, 28 per cent good, 45 per cent fair, 19 per cent poor and six per cent very poor.

Farmers are busy finishing up seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


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)

NE SK Crop Development - May 25

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

2

98

0

Spring Cereals

14

81

5

Oilseeds

5

86

9

Pulse Crops

12

83

5

Seeding has progressed significantly in the area thanks to warm and relatively dry weather. Seventy-five per cent of the crop is now seeded. This is up from 42 per cent last week. While some producers have finished seeding, others will need at least another week or two.

Very little rain fell in the region with the Humboldt area recording 2 mm. The Vonda area has received the greatest amount of rainfall for the region since April 1 with 58 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and three per cent very short. Most areas of the region are in need of rain to help replenish topsoil. There have been reports of forest fires in the area.

Crops are in mostly good condition, although emergence has been slower than normal. Ninety-eight per cent of fall cereals, 81 per cent of spring cereals, 86 per cent of oilseeds and 83 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year. There are some reports of spraying for flea beetles in canola and despite heavy frost early last week; most crops appear to have recovered.   

Pasture conditions are rated as seven per cent excellent, 63 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and six per cent poor.

Farmers are busy seeding, moving cattle, fixing fences and controlling weeds.


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

NW SK Crop Development - May 25

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

2

64

34

Spring Cereals

6

69

25

Oilseeds

4

60

36

Pulse Crops

6

79

15

Eighty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up significantly from 68 per cent last week. Many producers have finished seeding while others will need at least another week of warm and dry weather to finish. A lack of moisture in most of the region is delaying germination and emergence of crops. 

Little to no rain fell in the region this week. The Garrick area has received 37 mm of rain since April 1, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions are deteriorating in much of the region and rainfall will soon be needed. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 38 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 16 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 25 per cent adequate, 51 per cent short and 24 per cent very short.

Emerged crops are in good condition, although emergence is slower than normal. Sixty-four per cent of fall cereals, 69 per cent of spring cereals, 60 per cent of oilseeds and 79 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year. Damage from frost received last week is mostly minimal as many crops have recovered. There are reports of flea beetles in canola fields and some producers are spraying.  

Pasture conditions are worsening due to lack of moisture. Currently they are rated as 29 per cent good, 38 per cent fair, 16 per cent poor and 17 per cent very poor. Many pastures are brown in colour and there are concerns that cattle feed may be in short supply this year.

Farmers are busy finishing up seeding, moving cattle, fixing fences and controlling weeds.


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