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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seeding Progress in SK

per cent seeded

 
 

All

 

Crops

May 20/07

64

5-year Avg. (2002-06)

56

May 21/06

64

May 22/05

71

May 23/04

68

May 18/03

32

May 19/02

46

Saskatchewan farmers have planted 64 per cent of the 2007 crop, ahead of the five-year average (2002-06) of 56 per cent, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

The southwestern part of the province is furthest advanced with 81 per cent seeded, followed by the west central region with 75 per cent seeded. The northeast is least advanced at 35 per cent seeded. Crops are emerging across the province.

Reporters rate 80 per cent of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture, similar to last week's report. Northern areas continue to report the wettest topsoil at this time. Crop reporters indicated that 79 per cent of hay and pasture land have adequate topsoil moisture, which is also similar to last week's report.

Producers in the southern areas of the province welcomed rainfall that has continued into the new week. Producers in the wetter, northern parts of the province received additional precipitation at the end of the week, with some precipitation in the form of snow. This exacerbates the situation for these producers who were already dealing with excess moisture from 2006, and the 2007 spring run-off. Several frosts throughout the week did varying damage - more so in northern areas.

Gophers, wire worms and flea beetles were the most common pests damaging emerging crops in the province last week.

1 Year Ago

Sixty-four per cent of the crop had been seeded - ranging from 84 per cent in the southwest to 43 per cent in the northeast.

In the southern grainbelt, the hot dry weather was stressing fall crops, hay crops, and pasture land.

Drying conditions helped central and northern farmers to finish the 2005 harvest and to get the 2006 crop seeded, though getting stuck was still an issue.

 

 

Seeding Progress
by Crop District

CD

May 20/07

May 21/06

1a

66

70

1b

66

61

2a

76

80

2b

74

72

3an

66

69

3ase

85

80

3asw

77

81

3bn

84

83

3bs

85

87

4a

87

97

4b

93

95

5a

59

48

5b

42

31

6a

57

51

6b

65

64

7a

80

73

7b

83

75

8a

35

35

8b

41

50

9ae

16

39

9aw

49

61

9b

45

65

Prov.

64

64

South eastern Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 1, 2, & 3ase)

The southeast experienced a mix of weather conditions during the past week - cool, wet, warm, dry, frost, showers, and thunderstorms.  An average of 20 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 9 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 1a, to an average high of 25 mm in CD 2a.  Some areas in RM 126 received up to 75 mm of rain in 20 minutes on the afternoon of May 17th.  In the Odessa area, thunderstorms produced blueberry-sized hail.  The extent of crop damage is uncertain at this time.    

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved with reporters rating 96% of topsoil moisture conditions as adequate, compared to 90% last week.  Eighty-nine per cent of hay and pasture land was rated as adequate, compared to 82% last week.  Fewer short moisture areas were reported this week. 

South eastern farmers made good seeding progress last week.  Reports show 72% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop District 3ase is most advanced with 85% planted.  Crop District 1 has the least planted at 66%.  Some farmers are finished seeding. 

There were reports of frost damage to alfalfa and newly emerging crops in CD 1b.  Farmers should know this week whether re-seeding will be necessary.  Flea beetles were damaging canola crops in the Moosomin area.  Wire worms were reported in the Montmartre area.  There are lots of gophers in the Ceylon area.       

Weed growth is heavy.  Winds and cool temperatures hampered spraying.  Cattle were being moved to pasture.      

South western Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 3asw, 3an, 3b, & 4)

The southwest was generally warm much of the past week, and cooling down by week's end.  An average of 10 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 1 mm reported in CD 4b, to an average high of 22 mm in CD 3asw.  Frost was reported on several mornings, and damage to alfalfa was reported in CD 3an.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated slightly during the past week.  Reporters rate topsoil moisture conditions as adequate on 82% of crop land, compared to 87% last week.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land were rated as adequate on 78% of the land, the same as last week.  Over 15% of crop land and over 20% of hay and pasture land is reported in short or very short topsoil moisture condition.  Crop Districts 3bn and 4b report between 29% and 37% of crop land in a short moisture situation, and between 28% and 57% of the hay and pasture land in a short or very short moisture situation.  Rain is needed soon.   

South western farmers continued to make good seeding progress.  Reports show 81% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop District 4b is most advanced with 93% planted.  Crop District 3an has 66% planted.  Some farmers are finished seeding.  Fall rye is starting to push heads in some fields in the Maple Creek area. 

Gophers continue to do crop damage in the southwest - more so now that the young gophers are up and eating.  In some cases they are eating the planted seeds.  Some farmers have re-seeded gopher-damaged crops. 

Farmers were spraying, tilling, and starting to irrigate hay lands.  Livestock owners were branding and moving stock to summer pastures.  

East central Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region saw rain, wind, heat, and frost during the past week.  An average of 6 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 2 mm reported in CD 5b, to an average high of 15 mm reported in CD 5a.  The frost damaged emerging crops - time will tell how much re-seeding will be needed.  Winds were drying out topsoil moisture in CD 6a.     

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved slightly during the past week.  Reporters rated 80% of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared to 76% last week.  The amount of surplus moisture crop land decreased to 10% from 17% last week.  Reporters also rated 80% of hay and pasture land as having adequate moisture, compared to 78% last week.  Surplus moisture conditions also decreased on hay and pasture land - from 14% last week to 7% this week.

East central farmers made good seeding progress last week.  Reports show 53% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop Districts 5a has 59% planted while CD 5b has 42% planted.  In CD 6a, some farmers are waiting for rain to plant oilseeds due to dry topsoil moisture. 

Some harvesting of the 2006 crops was done in the Leroy area.  Weed growth is vigourous and spraying operations have been delayed by wind and cool temperatures.  Farmers were banding fertilizer and picking rocks.  Morels were being picked in the Insinger area.  

Roads are still soft in the Goodeve and Quill Lake areas.  Fields are still wet in CD 5b.    

West central Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

West central regions were generally cool and windy during the past week.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 1 mm reported in CD 7a, to an average high of 3 mm reported in CD 7b.  Winds caused topsoil to become dry and hard in the Strongfield area.  Soil drifting was reported in the Harris area.  Several areas reported frost.  Damage to alfalfa was reported in CDs 6b and 7b.  As well, reporters indicate that hay and pasture growth has slowed because of the frost.  Reports on the frost from CD 7a indicate that time is needed to see if re-seeding is necessary.         

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated this past week.  Reporters rated topsoil moisture conditions as adequate on 79% of the crop land, compared to 88% last week.  Eighty-six per cent of hay and pasture land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared to 92% last week.  The amount of land in a short or very short moisture situation increased, as winds dry out the topsoil.  A heavy downpour of rain caused some damage to canola crops in the Tramping Lake area. 

West central farmers made good seeding progress last week.  Reports show 75% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop District 7b is most advanced with 83% planted.  Crop District 6b has 65% planted.  Some farmers are finished seeding.  Some are waiting for rain to plant flax and canola.   

Farmers are fertilizing, harrowing, and spraying when the wind doesn't interfere.  Weed growth is heavy.  There are reports of wire worms in the Marengo area.        

Roads are still soft in the Hanley area.  Machinery is still getting stuck in fields in the Sonningdale area.      

Cattle are being branded and moved out to pasture.  

North eastern Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

Last week, the northeast had rain, snow, frost, and wind.  An average of 6 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 1 mm in CD 8b, to an average high of 16 mm in CD 9ae.  Frost in the Porcupine Plain area damaged oilseeds as well as pasture and alfalfa.  In the Tisdale, Arborfield, Codette, and Garrick areas, the frost damaged trees and grass.  Snow turned the winter wheat black in the Nipawin area.  Some canola in the Arbourfield area may need to be re-seeded from snow damage.  Crops, alfalfa, and pastures were damaged by frost in the Codette area.         

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved slightly from last week.  Reporters rated topsoil moisture conditions as adequate on 47% of crop land, compared to 43% last week.  Eighty per cent of the crop land in CD 9ae is in a surplus moisture situation.  Reporters rated topsoil moisture conditions on 46% of hay and pasture land as adequate, compared to 60% last week.

North eastern farmers made some seeding progress last week.  Reports show 35% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop District 8b is most advanced with 41% planted.  Crop District 9ae has 16% planted.   

Farmers are dealing with erosion problems in the Porcupine Plain area.  Roads are still soft in the Tisdale and Lake Lenore areas with frost boils in the centre.  As more traffic moves on soft roads, they deteriorate even more.  Farmers are getting stuck in fields in the Tisdale and Hoey areas.

Shortages of some farm chemicals and fertilizer were reported in the Humboldt area.   

    

North western Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 9aw & 9b)

The northwest was nice the first part of last week and then cool with frost and showers.  An average of 13 mm of precipitation fell, ranging from an average low of 8 mm reported in CD 9aw, to an average high of 17 mm in CD 9b.  Frost damaged alfalfa and other hay in the Debden area - reporters are unsure of the long-term damage to crops.  There could be some re-seeding from the frost damage in the Medstead area.    

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated with 83% rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 90% last week.  Reporters rated topsoil moisture conditions on 89% of hay and pasture land as adequate, similar to last week.

North western farmers made good seeding progress last week.  Reports show 47% of the 2007 crop is planted.  Crop District 9aw is furthest advanced with 49% seeded, while CD 9b has 45% planted.  Rain near the end of the week brought a halt to seeding in many areas in CD 9b.

There is a bad gopher problem in the North Battleford area.

Short-term fertilizer and fuel shortages are developing in the Turtleford area, due in part to a shortage of trucks and drivers.  Shortages of fertilizer were also experienced in the Meadow Lake area.  Cattle are being moved out to pasture.   Some cattle are still being fed in the Meadow Lake area.



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