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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saskatchewan farmers have seeded 10 per cent of the 2007 crop, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

The five-year (2002-06) average is 10 per cent of the crop planted at this time. Twenty-two per cent of the crop is planted in the southwest, 16 per cent planted in the southeast, seven per cent planted in west central regions and less than five per cent is planted elsewhere.

Topsoil moisture conditions are reported as adequate on three-quarters of the grainbelt. While areas of surplus moisture are slowly decreasing, north eastern regions still report more than 70 per cent as surplus. Some areas of short topsoil moisture are reported in the southern and central grainbelts.

The May 1, 2007 Stubble Subsoil Moisture map shows an improvement in stored soil water over much of the area south of the #1 highway, though pockets of very dry to dry still remain. North of the #1 highway generally has good to very good subsoil moisture. For areas with excess topsoil moisture refer to the weekly crop land topsoil moisture map. Rain over the weekend in the southeast region also improved subsoil moisture conditions this past week.

Across the province, three per cent of the winter wheat and two per cent of the fall rye were reported as winterkilled. Many farmers reported that damage came from flooding this spring.

The strong winds caused some soil erosion and delayed spraying operations this past week.

 

SCIC Crop Report Submission - May 2007

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance reminds customers the deadline to seed all classes of chickpeas is May 21. For more information on the terms and conditions of endorsing chickpeas, visit http://www.saskcropinsurance.com/ or contact your local customer service office at 1-888-935-0000.

Customers who endorsed crops under the Contract Price Option must provide Crop Insurance with a copy of their contract by May 31. This information is used to determine the insured price, coverage and premium for your crop. If complete contract details are not provided by the deadline, your insured price will revert back to the base price for the crop.

 

Seeding Progress in SK

per cent seeded

All

 

Crops

May 6/07

10

5-year Avg. (2002-06)

10

May 7/06

9

May 8/05

16

May 9/04

19

May 4/03

3

May 5/02

2

One Year Ago

Nine per cent of the 2006 crop was seeded - 27 per cent in the southwest, 8 per cent in the southeast, and 4 per cent in the west central region.

Winterkill on fall-seeded crops: winter wheat - 2 per cent and fall rye - 3 per cent.

Just over two-thirds of crop reporters indicated adequate topsoil moisture conditions on crop land.

 

 

South eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 1, 2, & 3ase)

Last week, the southeast had strong winds with showers in some areas. An average of 10 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 5 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 3ase, to an average high of 13 mm reported in CD 1. Some areas were receiving rain on Sunday and Monday which will go in next week's report. The strong winds dried the topsoil to the point where some farmers stopped planting oilseeds because it was getting too dry.

Sixteen per cent of the crop has been seeded in the southeast. Crop District 3ase reports 37% seeded, while CD 2a reports 8% seeded. Crops being seeded include peas, canola, lentils, spring wheat, oats, triticale, and barley. Early-seeded peas are emerging.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved this past week with reporters rating 84% of the area as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 79% last week. On hay and pasture land, moisture conditions also improved with reporters rating 68% of the area as having adequate moisture, compared with 61% last week. The driest aras are in CDs 2a and 3ase.

Subsoil moisture improved from November 1, 2006 in many areas of the southeast, with areas of poor or very poor subsoil moisture shrinking.

Three per cent of the winter wheat and 2% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the southeast.

Cattle are still being fed in many areas - both at home and on pasture. Farmers were doing pre-seeding burn-off when the winds died down. The winds were very damaging in some areas - causing soil erosion, blowing off shingles, tearing off doors, and damaging shed walls. Farmers reported shortages of fertilizer and some chemicals. Badger and gopher holes were damaging fields in the Ceylon area.

 

South western Saskatchewan
(CDs 3asw, 3an, 3b, & 4)

This past week in the southwest was warm and windy, with some showers and some frost. An average of 16 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 8 mm reported in CD 4a, to an average high of 25 mm reported in CD 3asw. The wind caused soil erosion at the beginning of the week. Hail up to mothball size was reported in the Limerick area.

Almost 22% of the crop has been seeded in the southwest. Crop District 4b reports 31% seeded, while CD 3asw is 13% seeded. Some crops are emerging.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved slightly with reporters rating moisture conditions as adequate on 92% of the crop land, compared to 88% last week. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land also improved, with reporters rating 85% having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared with 74% last week. The driest areas are in CDs 3bs and 4a.

Many areas of the southwest improved in the amount of available soil water from November 1, 2006. The areas of poor moisture have shrunk considerably, due largely to recent precipitation events.

Two per cent of the winter wheat and 1% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the southwest.

Gophers are still a problem in the southwest, and they are causing damage to crops as well as to fields. Some chemicals and inoculants are reported to be in short supply. Farmers are rolling land, picking rocks, spraying, and applying granular chemical and fertilizer. The wind and frost slowed down spraying. Cattle are being moved to pastures in some areas.

 

East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region had strong winds, light frost, and some showers this past week. An average of 4 mm of precipitation was reported.

Four per cent of the 2007 crop has been planted, with 9% planted in CD 5a and 1% planted in CD 5b. Peas, barley, and canola are being planted. Lentils are germinating in the Holdfast area.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved from last week. Reporters rate 68% of the crop land as having adequate moisture, compared to 54% last week. Surplus ratings have improved from 45% last week to 29% this week. On hay and pasture land, topsoil moisture conditions also improved as reporters gave an adequate rating for 72% versus 62% last week.

Compared to the November 1, 2006 Stubble Subsoil Moisture map, the May 1, 2007 map shows an improvement. The entire east central region falls in the very good level of available soil water - though as indicated in the previous paragraph, some of that land is in a moisture surplus situation.

Five per cent of the winter wheat and 1% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the east central region. Some of the kill was from spring flooding.

Spraying was challenging to complete with the strong winds. Farmers are also cultivating, harrowing, rolling land, applying fertilizer, and picking rocks. Some shortages of fertilizer and chemical were reported.

Roads are still soft and farmers are getting stuck in fields.

 

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

The west central area had some warm and very windy days during the past week, with frost and cooler weather in a few areas. An average of 7 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 4 mm reported in CD 6b to an average high of 10 mm reported in CD 7b.

Seven per cent of the crop has been seeded in the west central region. Crops being planted include peas, durum, and canola.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land have improved, with reporters rating moisture as adequate on 85% of the land, compared with 80% last week. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land remained much the same as last week with reporters rating topsoil moisture as adequate on 85% of the land.

The May 1, 2007 map of the west central region showed some improvement over the November 1, 2006 map. Subsoil moisture conditions are rated as good to very good across the majority of the region.

Five per cent of the winter wheat and 4% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the west central region. Deer were damaging winter wheat crops in the Dundurn area.

Farmers were cultivating, picking rocks, harrowing, and spraying when they could. Some cattle have been moved out to pasture. Shortages of fertilizer and some chemicals were reported. Gopher damage was reported in the Kerrobert area.

 

North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

It was generally warm and windy in the northeast this past week. An average of 4 mm of precipitation was reported.

Almost 1% of the crop has been planted - with the activity occurring in CD 8a.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved slightly during the last week as the area of surplus moisture decreased. Reporters gave a surplus rating to 78% of the crop land, compared with 86% last week. On hay and pasture land, the amount of land in a surplus situation has decreased from 72% to 65%.

Seeding Progress by Crop District

 

CD

May 6/07

May 7/06

CD

1a

21

10

1a

1b

15

5

1b

2a

8

7

2a

2b

12

8

2b

3an

18

12

3an

3ase

37

12

3ase

3asw

13

10

3asw

3bn

21

27

3bn

3bs

22

37

3bs

4a

30

46

4a

4b

31

46

4b

5a

9

2

5a

5b

1

1

5b

6a

3

2

6a

6b

5

5

6b

7a

8

4

7a

7b

6

5

7b

8a

1

2

8a

8b

0

1

8b

9ae

0

0

9ae

9aw

2

1

9aw

9b

4

5

9b

Prov.

10

9

Prov.

The May 1, 2007 Stubble Subsoil Moisture map shows the entire northeast in a situation of very good available soil water. The reality is that there is surplus subsoil moisture due to a wet fall in 2006 and abundant snowfall over the winter.

Three per cent of the winter wheat and 1% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the northeast. Some of the loss was due to spring flooding.

Roads are still soft, fields are not easy to access, and frost boils still happening. Farmers are getting equipment ready, spraying, cleaning grain, harrowing, and fertilizing. Shortages of fertilizer and some canola varieties were reported.

North western Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 9aw & 9b)

The past week was variable with wind, sun, rain and cool weather in the northwest. An average of 13 mm of precipitation was reported, with the amounts up to 46 mm reported in the Lloydminster area.

Three per cent of the crop has been seeded in the northwest.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated slightly during the past week with reporters rating moisture as surplus on 19% of the crop land versus 17% last week. On hay and pasture land, reporters say they have adequate moisture on 85% of the land, with the rest being under surplus moisture.

On May 1, 2007, the region showed generally very good subsoil moisture conditions throughout. As indicated in the previous paragraph, some of that land is in a surplus moisture situation.

One per cent of the winter wheat and 4% of the fall rye were winterkilled in the northwest.

Farmers are harrowing, fertilizing, picking rocks, and applying some chemical. There are a lot of gophers in the Rabbit Lake area. Some chemicals are getting hard to find. Some cattle are being moved to pasture - other are still feeding their stock.

The water is still causing problems with farmers getting in the fields and some are getting stuck. Some roads are still closed because of washouts.



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