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Eighty-eight per cent of the 2006 crop was seeded, ranging from 98 per cent in the southwest to 73 per cent in the northeast.

Over 75 per cent of all crops were rated in good to excellent condition. 

Flooding caused the most damage to crops.  Other sources of damage included wind, drought, hail, insects, disease, and gophers.


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Crop Report - June 2007

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance reminds customers of the following important deadlines:

  • Full yield-loss coverage becomes effective on winter wheat and fall rye that will be grazed and/or cut for feed on June 10.
  • The deadline for planting processing and table variety potatoes is June 10. The deadline for planting seed variety potatoes is June 15.
  • Under the Forage Establishment Benefit Option, June 20 is the seeding deadline for acres seeded in 2007.
  • June 20 is the deadline to submit Establishment Benefit claims.
  • Crop Insurance will not accept yield-loss liability for any spring crops seeded after June 20. However, in most areas, crops must be seeded before this deadline to be expected to mature. To be insurable, any seeded crop is expected to reach a reasonable level of maturity before the first fall frost date in the area.  Full coverage for yield-loss on established spring and fall-seed crops begins on June 21.
  • Seeded Acreage Reports on all crops are due June 25. Customers who fail to submit or are late in submitting their reports may be assessed a penalty and, if necessary, an adjuster will visit their farm to gather the required information at an additional charge.
  • Customers are also asked to complete their Stored Grain Declaration form by June 25. Forms were mailed to customers along with their Seeded Acreage Report packages in May. Blank forms are available at http://www.saskcropinsurance.com/ under Forms.
  • June 25 is the deadline to submit Unseeded Acreage claims.
  • June 30 is the deadline to seed greenfeed crops covered by Forage Insurance. It is also the deadline to submit all Greenfeed Establishment claims.

Saskatchewan farmers have seeded 85 per cent of the 2007 crop, which is up from 75 per cent the previous week but below the five-year (2002-2006) average of 91 per cent, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

Crops are generally emerging well.  Approximately 75 per cent of crops that have emerged are rated in good to excellent condition.

Seeding Progress in SK

per cent seeded

All Crops

June 3/07

85

5-year Avg. (2002-06)

91

June 4/06

88

June 5/05

93

June 6/04

90

Jun 1/03

91

Jun 2/02

92

There was limited progress made with fieldwork in many areas of the province due to wet and/or windy weather.  Crop reporters indicated seeding plans may change, as seeding operations were again delayed by rain.  All eastern crop districts in the province show less seeding progress than at this time last year.  

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved in most areas of the province.  Crop reporters rated 18 per cent of crop land as having surplus topsoil moisture, compared to 23 per cent last week.  Reporters in the northeastern part of the province rated 64 per cent of the crop land in a surplus topsoil moisture situation, as compared to 83 per cent last week, and east central reporters rated one-third of crop land in their area as having surplus topsoil moisture, down from 37 per cent a week ago.  As a whole, 80 per cent of the province's crop land has adequate topsoil moisture.  For hay and pasture land, reporters rated 83 per cent as having adequate moisture, up from 77 per cent last week.

Flooding was the main source of crop damage during the past week.  Gophers, flea beetles, cutworms, wire worms, leaf diseases, and wind also contributed to crop damage. 


 

Seeding Progress by Crop District

CD

June 3/07

June 4/06

1a

87

97

1b

84

89

2a

92

95

2b

95

96

3an

95

96

3ase

94

96

3asw

85

96

3bn

95

97

3bs

94

98

4a

98

99

4b

99

99

5a

86

77

5b

59

58

6a

88

90

6b

93

93

7a

98

97

7b

98

96

8a

44

56

8b

66

85

9ae

40

79

9aw

88

89

9b

93

90

Prov.

85

88

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

Last week started off cool in the southeast and then turned warmer.  An average of 15 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 8 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 2b, to an average high of 32 mm reported in CD 3ase.  Some alfalfa fields in CD 2a are showing damage from earlier frosts.             

Reasonable seeding progress was made this past week to bring the southeast seeding completion up to 91%.  Regional reports vary from 84 to 95% complete.      

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 96%; Fall Rye - 90%; Spring Wheat - 96%; Durum - 97%; Oats - 86%; Barley - 92%; Triticale - 100%; Flax - 85%; Canola - 82%; Mustard - 88%; Sunflowers - 71%; Lentils - 88%; Peas - 95%; Canary seed - 99%; and Chickpeas - 98%.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved during the past week.  Reporters indicated that 90% of the crop land had adequate moisture, compared with 79% last week.  The gains were made from surplus moisture drying up.  For hay and pasture land, reporters rated topsoil moisture conditions as adequate on 95% of the land, similar to last week. 

Flooding damaged crops in all CD's except CD 2b.  Localized frost damage was reported in all areas except CD 3ase.  CD 1 reported damage from cutworms and flea beetles; CD 2 reported damage from flea beetles and gophers; and CD 3ase reported damage from flea beetles, gophers, and tan spot.  Some crops are yellowing from the stress of excess moisture.  Some areas in the northern part of CD 1b are struggling with soft roads, saturated ground, and sprayers rutting up the fields.  Some fields have heavy weed growth.       

Farmers are spraying crops as weather conditions permit.  Grass growth is slow due to frosts and cool weather. 

 

 

 

 


 

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

Many areas in the southwest started off cool with welcome moisture this past week, and then turned warm by the weekend.  An average of 16 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 8 mm reported in CD 3an, to an average high of 21 mm reported in CD 3asw.  Over 80 mm was reported in the Big Beaver area.  Damage from flooding, including crop drown-out, was reported in CDs 3asw and 3bs.  Wind damage was reported in CDs 3asw and 4a.  Frost damage was reported in the Limerick area.  There could be some frost damage to alfalfa in the Elrose area.             

Some seeding progress brought the southwest seeding completion up to 94%.  Crop District averages vary between 85 and 99% complete.

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 77%; Fall Rye - 88%; Spring Wheat - 95%; Durum - 96%; Oats - 90%; Barley - 97%; Triticale - 99%; Flax - 99%; Canola - 93%; Mustard - 91%; Lentils - 94%; Peas - 97%; Canary seed - 94%; and Chickpeas - 95%.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved during the past week.  Reporters indicated that 93% of the crop land had adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 89% last week.  For hay and pasture land, reporters rate 88% as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared with 80% last week.  The Admiral area is looking for more rain. 

Gophers damaged crops in every crop district except CD 3an.  They are eating emerging crops.  Some re-seeding has been done in the Swift Current area.  Damage from insects came from wire worms in the Spring Valley area and cutworms in the Stewart Valley area.  (does this mean that worms prefer Valleys?!)         

Farmers are spraying crops, chemfallowing, rock picking, broadcasting fertilizer, rolling pulse land, shooting gophers, and summerfallowing. North of Maple Creek, there was some aerial spraying for worms on elm trees.   

Ninety per cent of the fall rye is headed out in the Elrose area.  Winter wheat is in the shotblade stage in the Maple Creek area. 


 

East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region was cool at the beginning of the past week, and turned warmer as the week progressed.  An average of 16 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 14 mm reported in CD 6a, to an average high of 21 mm reported in CD 5b.  Over 50 mm of rain was reported in the Okla area.  Flooding damage was reported in many areas, and crops are being drowned out in low-lying areas.  Frost damage was reported in the Veregin, Fosston, Lumsden, and Bethune areas.  Wind damaged fall rye and winter wheat in the Leroy area.      

The east central region saw double digit seeding progress last week, bringing seeding completion up to 78%.  Regional reports vary between 59 and 88% complete.  Some farmers are changing seeding plans because of wet soil conditions.  One-quarter or more of some fields cannot be seeded because of excess moisture.     

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 93%; Fall Rye - 95%; Spring Wheat - 76%; Durum - 91%; Oats - 75%; Barley - 82%; Triticale - 100%; Flax - 85%; Canola - 67%; Mustard - 88%; Sunflowers - 100%; Lentils - 91%; Peas - 80%; Canary seed - 94%; and Chickpeas - 100%.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved slightly during the past week with a slight drying to the surplus areas.  Reporters indicate that 67% of crop land has adequate moisture, compared to 63% last week.  For hay and pasture land, reporters indicate that 73% is in an adequate topsoil moisture situation, compared to 64% last week.  Farmers were getting stuck in the Leroy, Kuroki and Quill Lake areas.   

 Flea beetle damage was reported in several locations in CD 5.  Leaf disease was reported in the Saltcoats area on spring cereals, and on winter wheat in the Stockholm and Saltcoats areas.  Crop damage from mud hens was reported in the Fosston area.  Many fields have heavy weed pressure. 

Farmers are spraying early-seeded crops.  In some areas, farmers are pre-working in an effort to dry the land so seeding can be done.         


 

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

West central regions started off cool this past week, warming up by the end of the week.  An average of 24 mm of precipitation was reported for the region, ranging from an average low of 21 mm reported in CD 7a, to an average high of 27 mm reported in CD 7b.  Over 40 mm was reported in the Arelee and Battleford areas.  Damage from flooding was reported in several areas in CDs 6b and 7b.  Frost damage was reported in the Hanley and Cando areas.          

Some seeding progress was made this past week to bring west central seeding completion up to 96%.  Crop District reports vary between 93 and 98% complete.  Some early canola was being re-seeded in the Langham and Kerrobert areas due to poor emergence and frost damage.         

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 82%; Fall Rye - 90%; Spring Wheat - 98%; Durum - 99%; Oats - 99%; Barley - 98%; Triticale - 92%; Flax - 95%; Canola - 89%; Mustard - 92%; Sunflowers - 100%; Lentils - 98%; Peas - 98%; Canary seed - 99%; and Chickpeas - 100%.  In some areas, the alfalfa is not doing as well because of previous frost damage. 

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land improved during the past week with the amount of land in a short moisture situation decreasing.  Reporters indicated that 95% of crop land had adequate topsoil moisture, up from 89% the previous week.  For hay and pasture land, 99% is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, up from 91% the previous week. 

Farmers are doing in-crop spraying and chemfallow, and hauling grain.        


North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

A cool, wet week turned warm and dry in the northeast during the past week.  An average of 20 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 16 mm reported in CD 8a, to an average high of 30 mm reported in CD 9ae.  There was flooding damage to crops reported in every region.  Frost was reported in the Tisdale area.  Some crops have started to rot in the saturated soil in the Porcupine Plain area.       

Some seeding progress was made this past week to bring the northeast seeding completion up to 52%.  Crop District reports vary between 40 and 66% complete.  Producers in the wettest areas are not expecting to seed all of their land this spring. Reporters indicate that there may be more summerfallow acres than first expected.  Some farmers do not have anything planted yet.  

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 51%; Fall Rye - 27%; Spring Wheat - 53%; Durum - 75%; Oats - 60%; Barley - 47%; Flax - 46%; Canola - 60%; Mustard - 47%; Lentils - 47%; Peas - 68%; Canary seed - 65%; and Chickpeas - 45%.  Crops were having some difficulty emerging in the muddy and crusted soil.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land did dry some during the past week.  Reporters said 36% of the crop land had adequate moisture, up from 17% last week.  For hay and pasture land, 45% has adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 36% last week.  The balance of the land is in a surplus moisture condition.

 Flea beetles damaged canola in the Porcupine Plain area.  Farmers were doing some light cultivating and harrowing in an effort to help dry their wet fields.

Farmers continue to try to do pre-seeding spraying.       


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

The northwest had generally good weather last week.  An average of 22 mm of precipitation was reported across the region, ranging from an average low of 16 mm reported in CD 9b, to an average high of 29 mm reported in CD 9aw.  Almost 60 mm was reported in the Shellbrook area, and almost 50 mm was reported in the North Battleford area.  Flooding damage to crops occurred in several locations in CD 9aw.  Frost was reported in the Lloydminster area.  Wind damaged crops in the North Battleford area.  Heavy rains compacted the soil in the Shellbrook area, making emergence difficult.       

The northwest made the most seeding progress again during the past week, bringing seeding completion up to 91%.  Crop district reports vary between 88 and 93% complete.  In some areas, parts of fields are not expected to be seeded, and what does get seeded will likely go for feed grain.  In the Turtleford area, some winter-killed fall rye areas have been re-seeded.     

Crop reporters rated crops in good to excellent condition at the following percentages:  Winter Wheat - 90%; Fall Rye - 93%; Spring Wheat - 89%; Durum - 95%; Oats - 82%; Barley - 90%; Flax - 95%; Canola - 85%; Mustard - 90%; and Peas - 92%.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated slightly during the past week as the surplus moisture area increased in size.  Eighty-nine per cent of the crop land and 92% of the hay and pasture land are indicated to have adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 90% and 89% respectively last week.  

Gophers are damaging crops in the North Battleford area.  Flea beetles are damaging canola crops in the Dorintosh area, and some spraying has begun.  

Some weed spraying has also begun.  There is a heavy growth of weeds and wild oats.            

Saskatchewan Crop Conditions, June 3, 2007

Winter Wheat

Fall Rye

Spring Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

% excellent

27

17

20

30

15

20

26

% good

58

72

65

66

65

65

72

% fair

11

10

13

4

17

13

2

% poor

4

1

2

0

3

2

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sun-flower

Lentil

Pea

Canary Seed

Chick-pea

% excellent

15

12

21

11

29

26

35

23

% good

70

63

68

70

64

65

60

74

% fair

13

21

9

19

6

7

5

3

% poor

1

4

2

0

1

2

0

0

% very poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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