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         Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Seeding was wrapping up. The majority of crops were behind their normal stages of development for that time of year. Heavy rain was received in many areas.

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SK Crop Development - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

18.8

69.4

11.8

Spring Cereals

5.6

58.2

36.2

Oilseeds

4.5

50.8

44.7

Pulse Crops

6.0

57.0

37.0

Some areas in the province received rainfall last week, which helped address topsoil moisture conditions; however, significant rain is still needed in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop, according to the weekly Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report.

Topsoil moisture conditions remain dry despite the recent rain.  Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated two as per cent surplus, 46 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 33 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 24 per cent very short.  Much of the hay is in poor condition and there are concerns about feed shortages.

The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products.  It is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing#bmk.

Crop development is delayed in many areas due to cool and dry weather.  Early seeded crops in drier areas are beginning to bolt and/or flower but remain short and thin.  Sixty-nine per cent of fall cereals, 58 per cent of spring cereals, 51 per cent of oilseeds and 57 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal stages of development for this time of year.

Crop damage this week was mainly caused by lack of moisture, hail, grasshoppers and flea beetles.

Farmers are busy controlling pests, hauling grain and beginning to cut hay.

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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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

17.6

65.2

17.2

Spring Cereals

12.0

55.6

32.4

Oilseeds

11.7

52.8

35.5

Pulse Crops

14.1

54.3

31.6

The region received varying amounts of rain, ranging from trace amounts to 52 mm. Areas that received the rain have seen a boost in crop development. Other areas are reporting stressed crops and hay, and are looking forward to a good rain. The Grenfell area received 52 mm of rainfall while the Frobisher area has received 140 mm of rainfall since April 1, the greatest amount for both the region and the province.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate despite the recent rain. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 54 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Crop District 3ASE is reporting that 48 per cent of cropland and 55 per cent of hay land and pasture are very short of topsoil moisture at this time. Feed shortages are a concern in the region.    

Crop development has been delayed in much of the region and many fields have varying crop stages due to uneven emergence. Thirty-three per cent of seeded acres, 38 per cent of forages and 41 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. Most crop damage this week was caused by lack of moisture, hail and wind. Producers continue to spray weeds as weather and crop development allow.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and starting to cut hay in some areas.


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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

27.3

72.5

0.2

Spring Cereals

7.3

57.0

35.7

Oilseeds

5.7

53.9

40.4

Pulse Crops

7.4

57.1

35.5

Thunderstorms were reported in the area but very little rain-no more than 31 mm-fell. A good rain is needed to help crops, hay and pasture develop. The Eastend area reported 31 mm of rainfall this past week and leads the region in accumulated precipitation (109 mm) since April 1.

Despite the rain, topsoil moisture conditions remain dry. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 21 per cent adequate, 61 per cent short and 18 per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 44 per cent very short. Crop districts 3ASW and 3BN are reporting that 33 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively, of cropland acres are very short of topsoil moisture. Crop District 4B is reporting that 73 per cent of hay land and pasture is very short of topsoil moisture.

Crop development is delayed for much of the region. Sixty-five per cent of seeded acres, 87 per cent of forages and 85 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. Most crop damage this week was due to lack of moisture, hail, wind and grasshoppers. There are reports of some crops (peas and canola) already going into flower due to moisture stress. Livestock producers are worried about a possible shortage of hay.

Farmers are busy controlling pests and starting to hay in areas with adequate plant growth.


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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

6.7

77.3

16.0

Spring Cereals

4.4

58.5

37.1

Oilseeds

3.3

46.4

50.3

Pulse Crops

1.7

64.5

33.8

The region received varying amounts of rain this past week, ranging from trace amounts to 50 mm (Saltcoats), which has helped replenish soil moisture in many areas. However, more rain will be needed soon to help crops, hay and pasture develop. The Bradwell area leads the region in accumulated precipitation (115 mm) received since April 1.

The recent rain helped slow down soil moisture deterioration. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 59 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 47 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short and nine per cent very short.

Reports indicate that crops are progressing well, with the exception of canola in some areas where germination was spotty. Forty per cent of seeded acres, 52 per cent of forages and 53 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. The majority of crop damage this week was caused by lack of moisture, flea beetles and hail. Producers are busy controlling pests, hauling grain and getting haying equipment ready.


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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

0.0

66.9

33.1

Spring Cereals

0.4

43.3

56.3

Oilseeds

0.0

38.1

61.9

Pulse Crops

0.9

52.7

46.4

Scattered showers brought much-needed moisture to many areas in the region last week; however, topsoil remains very dry and additional rainfall is needed soon to help crops advance. Marengo received the greatest amount of rainfall for the region (52 mm), while Outlook received 28 mm to stay as the area with the most accumulated precipitation (110 mm) since April 1. There were reports of strong winds and hail during the week.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 27 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 32 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 17 per cent adequate, 49 per cent short and 34 per cent very short. Crop District 7A is the driest CD in the province, with 61 per cent of cropland acres and 82 per cent of hay land and pasture being very short of topsoil moisture. Crop District 7B is reporting that 79 per cent of cropland and 90 percent of hay land and pasture are short to very short of topsoil moisture.

Crop development is delayed for much of the region and many fields have varying crop stages due to uneven emergence. Sixty-seven per cent of seeded acres, 81 per cent of forage and 84 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. The majority of crop damage was caused by lack of moisture. Producers are busy spraying for pests and hauling grain.  


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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

3.0

62.3

34.7

Spring Cereals

6.3

75.8

17.9

Oilseeds

2.8

71.4

25.8

Pulse Crops

4.9

86.2

8.9

The region received varying amounts of rain this past week, ranging from trace amounts to 28 mm (Star City). The Kinistino area received 20 mm of rainfall this past week, bringing the total it has received since April 1 to 137 mm-the highest in the region.

Topsoil moisture remains similar to the previous week. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and four per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 79 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Crop development is well-advanced in most parts of the region. Fifteen per cent of seeded acres, 34 per cent of forages and 32 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. Most crops are in fair-to-excellent condition. The majority of crop damage this past week was caused by hail, wind and lack of moisture. There were also isolated reports of cutworm damage.

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


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 - June 22

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

0.0

66.3

33.7

Spring Cereals

0.0

69.8

30.2

Oilseeds

0.5

42.0

57.5

Pulse Crops

0.0

63.1

36.9

The region received varying amounts of rain, ranging from trace amounts to 35 mm.  Some areas remain in need of good rain to improve crop development, while others have enough for what the crops need. The Hafford area received 35 mm of rainfall this week, bringing its accumulated precipitation to 119 mm of rainfall since April 1, the greatest amount for the region.  

Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly improved in the past week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 59 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 25 per cent adequate, 52 per cent short and 23 per cent very short. Crop District 9B is reporting that 58 per cent of cropland acres and 75 per cent of hay land and pasture are short to very short topsoil moisture at this time.

Crop development is delayed due to lack of moisture, frost and re-seeding efforts. Seventy-nine per cent of seeded acres, 90 per cent of forages and 91 per cent of pasture acres are reported as being under moisture stress. The majority of crops are in poor-to-good condition. There are reports of crop damage due to dry conditions and grasshoppers. Feed shortages are a concern for livestock producers as pasture growth is minimal and some hay crops have prematurely headed out.  Some producers have resorted to turning animals onto hay land as their pastures have been overgrazed already

Farmers are busy controlling pests and hauling grain.


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