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May 27/07

May 28/06

1a

75

89

1b

70

78

2a

78

90

2b

85

87

3an

81

92

3ase

89

92

3asw

77

90

3bn

90

92

3bs

91

96

4a

97

99

4b

99

97

5a

74

69

5b

51

53

6a

71

74

6b

82

85

7a

92

88

7b

95

88

8a

35

52

8b

47

70

9ae

35

66

9aw

76

70

9b

79

79

Prov.

75

80

Saskatchewan farmers have seeded 75 per cent of the 2007 crop, just slightly behind the five-year (2002-06) average of 77 per cent, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

The west central region is furthest advanced at 89 per cent, while the northeast is least advanced at 40 per cent.  Early-seeded crops are emerging in all areas of the province. 

Topsoil moisture conditions improved in southern and west central regions last week, but deteriorated in northern and east central regions.  Crop reporters stated that 74 per cent of crop land has adequate topsoil moisture conditions, down from last week's estimate of 80 per cent.  Twenty-three per cent of crop land is rated as having surplus topsoil moisture; east central reporters rated almost 40 per cent of crop land in a surplus situation, while north eastern reporters rated over 80 per cent of crop land in surplus topsoil moisture condition.  Provincially, reporters rated 76 per cent of hay and pasture land in an adequate topsoil moisture situation. 

Seeding Progress in SK

per cent seeded
 

All Crops

May 27/07

75

5-year Avg. (2002-06)

77

May 28/06

80

May 29/05

85

May 31/04

79

May 25/03

69

May 26/02

74

Pasture conditions have improved since the end of April, with over 85 per cent of the reporters rating pastures in their area as good to excellent.  Livestock water supplies are generally adequate across the province, having improved somewhat since the end of April.  Localized areas in the south continue to report inadequate supplies of livestock water. 

For southern and some central areas, last week's rain was very welcome, replenishing topsoil moisture and improving hay and pasture land.  Farmers in the northeast are looking for dry conditions so they can complete their seeding in a timely manner.  The northeast received an average of 38 mm last week, with rainfall amounts of up to 76 mm reported in the region. 

Frost was reported in many areas of the province, although the amount of damage is still undetermined. 

 

 

 

 

1 Year Ago
Eighty per cent of the 2006 crop was seeded.
Limited progress was made with fieldwork in many areas of the province, due to wet and/or windy weather.
Over 80 per cent of the reporters rated pastures in their area as good to excellent.
Localized areas in the south were reporting insufficient supplies of livestock water.


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

The southeast was generally cool and wet during the past week, with frost in most areas and snow in some areas.  An average of 46 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 35 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 1a, to an average high of 58 mm reported in CD 1b.  The Rocanville-Tantallon area reported 80 mm and creeks and runs are full.  Low-lying areas were flooded in the Broadview area.  Frost did damage to canola, alfalfa, and newly emerging crops.  Some re-seeding is underway.  Some farmers burnt bales around canola fields trying to prevent crop damage - warmer weather will show if they were successful or not.    

Seeding is reported as 79% complete, up from 72% last week.  Crop District 3ase is furthest ahead at 89% complete, while CD 1b reports 70% complete.  Crops are emerging across the region.        

South eastern reporters rate 82% of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture, down from 96% last week.  The area of surplus topsoil moisture has increased to 17% of the crop land.  On hay and pasture land, reporters rate 96% as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, up from 89% last week.  The areas of short and very short topsoil moisture are reduced with the rain of the past week.

Pasture conditions have improved substantially in the southeast since late April.  Over 90% of reporters rate their pastures in good to excellent condition, compared to about 30% at the end of April.  Ninety-seven per cent of reporters rate livestock water supplies as adequate, up from 93% in late April.  Water shortages are found in localized areas in CD 2a. 

Crop growth is slow due to cool temperatures.  In-crop spraying is underway.  Farmers did some rock-picking and moved cattle to pasture.        

 


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

The southwest received some welcome rain last week.  An average of 28 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 9 mm reported in CD 4a, to an average high of 50 mm reported in CD 3asw.  Over 70 mm was reported in the Viceroy and Eyebrow areas.  Flooding was reported in the Gravelbourg area.  Some hail was reported in the Shaunavon area.  Frost was reported in many areas.    

South western farmers have completed 88% of their seeding, up from 81% last week.  Crop District 4b is furthest ahead at 99% complete, while CD 3asw is 77% done.  Fall rye is 50% headed out in the Elrose area.      

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved over the past week in the southwest.  Reporters rate 89% of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture, up from 82% last week.  The amount of crop land reported in a short or very short topsoil moisture situation decreased from 16% to 7%.  Reporters rate 96% of hay and pasture land as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, up from 89% last week.  Some regions in CD 4a are looking for more rain for pastures, hay and fall-seeded crops.   

Pasture conditions have improved significantly since late April when 37% of reporters rated conditions as good to excellent.  At the end of May, 88% of reporters rate conditions as good to excellent.  Ninety-eight per cent of reporters rate livestock water availability as adequate, up from 95% in late April.  Ratings of inadequate come from CD 3bs.  

Farmers were doing in-crop spraying, applying fertilizer, moving grain to elevators, and moving cattle to pastures.  Some farmers sprayed for cutworms in the Stewart Valley area.  Also in the Stewart Valley area, some ranchers are feeding their stock hay on pastures.  Some chemicals are in short supply.       

Crop, hay, and pasture damage because of gophers continues to be an on-going problem in the southwest.  In the Mankota area, up to one third of fields are damaged.  In the Ponteix area, emerging crops are being eaten, pea and chickpea seeds are being dug up, and pastured are being badly damaged.  Some farmers have shot in excess of 5000 rounds and have not made a dent in the gopher population.  Other areas reporting concerns include Cadillac, Orkney, Kincaid, Shaunavon, Glen Bain, Vanguard, Swift Current, Rush Lake, and Maple Creek. 


 East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region was cool and wet during the past week, with frost and some snow. An average of 48 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 39 mm reported in CD 6a, to an average high of 61 mm reported in CD 5b.  The Kuroki area reported 75 mm of precipitation last week.  Flooding was reported in the Saltcoats and Insinger areas.  Frost damage is expected on some canola crops and in low-lying areas, and some re-seeding will be necessary.             

East central farmers made some seeding progress with 66% complete across the region, up from 53% last week.  Crop District 5a is furthest ahead at 74% complete, while CD 5b reports 51% complete.           

East central reporters rated 62% of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, down from 78% last week.  The area of surplus moisture has increased to 38% from 12% last week.  For hay and pasture land, reporters rate 63% as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, down from 81% last week.  Over one-third of hay and pasture land is rated as having surplus topsoil moisture.   

Pasture conditions have improved since the end of April when 48% of reporters rated conditions as good to excellent.  At the end of May, 83% of reporters rate conditions as good to excellent.  Supplies of water for livestock are adequate across the region. 

Reporters expect to see some seeding changes to more oat and barley acres and some canola acres switched to earlier varieties or other crops.  In CD 5b, some reporters wonder if all fields will get seeded. 

Roads are not in good condition in the Goodeve and Quill Lake areas. 

Farmers got some spraying done on winter wheat and fall rye crops.  Gopher problems were reported in the Lumsden area.  


 

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

This past week, west central regions were cool and wet with some frost.  An average of 20 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 17 mm reported in CD 7b, to an average high of 24 mm reported in CD 7a.  There is expected to be some frost damage in the alfalfa and in some low-lying areas.              

West central farmers made some seeding progress with 89% complete across the region, up from 75% last week.  Crop District 7b is furthest ahead at 95% complete, while CD 6b reports 82% complete.                   

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved.  Reporters rated 89% of the crop land as having adequate moisture, up from 79% last week.  For pasture and hay land, reporters rated 91% as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, up from 86% last week. 

Pasture conditions have improved since the end of April when 80% of reporters rated their pastures as good to excellent.  At the end of May, 89% rate them good to excellent.  Livestock water availability is adequate across the region. 

Soft roads are a problem in the Strongfield area.  There are reports of canola needing to be re-seeded in the Hanley and Grandora areas.       

There is some gopher damage in the Kerrobert and Unity areas.  Wireworms and flea beetles were reported in the Landis area. 


North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

Weather in the northeast was cool and damp this past week.  An average of 38 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 29 mm reported in CD 8b, to an average high of 50 mm reported in CD 8a.  Over 75 mm was reported in the Porcupine Plain area.  Frost set back some alfalfa and fall rye crops.         

North eastern farmers made some seeding progress with 40% complete across the region, up from 35% last week.  Crop District 8b is furthest ahead at 47% complete, while CDs 8a and 9ae report 35% done.  With much of the remaining crop to be seeded in June, farmers have concern about pre-harvest frost.  Any more rain could mean more summerfallow acres.           

Reporters rate 82% of the crop land and 61% of the hay and pasture land in a surplus topsoil moisture situation, up from 53% and 54% respectively.  One week of warm, drying weather is needed for farmers to get back into the fields. 

Pasture conditions have improved in the northeast since late April when less than 60% of reporters rated pastures as good to excellent.  At the end of May, 83% of reporters give the good to excellent rating.  Livestock water supplies are considered adequate across the region.

Erosion washed out roads in the RM of Porcupine No. 395.  Soft and damaged roads are also a problem in the Humboldt, Hoey, and Alvena areas.  Also in the Humboldt area, flooding salt lakes are causing some problems for livestock producers.  Farmers are getting stuck in the Hoey area doing pre-seeding spraying.       


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

The northwest was generally cool and windy during the past week.  An average of 8 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 4 mm reported in CD 9b, to an average high of 12 mm reported in CD 9aw.  Some frost was reported which set back some hay crops and damaged some canola.  Growth is slow because of cool temperatures.      

North western farmers have planted 78% on average across the region, up from 48% last week.  Crop District 9b is furthest ahead at 79% complete.  Crops are emerging.                

Topsoil moisture conditions improved on crop land.  Reporters rated 90% of crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture, up from 83% last week.  For hay and pasture land, 88% is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, about the same as last week.  Eleven per cent of the hay and pasture land is rated as being in a short topsoil moisture situation, and rain would be welcome.     

Pasture conditions have improved in the northwest.  At the end of April, 65% of reporters rated pastures in their district in good to excellent condition, while at the end of May, that number was 83%.  Livestock water supplies are adequate across the region.

Cattle were moved to pastures.  Shortages of seed wheat and some chemicals were reported.  Flea beetle damage was reported in the Dorintosh area.


 



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