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Seeding Progress by Crop District

CD

May 11/08

May 13/07

1a

45

29

1b

41

31

2a

50

52

2b

43

40

3an

39

43

3ase

64

67

3asw

36

43

3bn

36

62

3bs

46

56

4a

48

51

4b

38

64

5a

21

21

5b

15

9

6a

19

20

6b

9

21

7a

9

45

7b

9

43

8a

17

6

8b

12

5

9ae

10

3

9aw

9

15

9b

5

23

Prov.

25

31

One Year Ago
Thirty-one per cent of the 2007 crop had been planted.
Reporters indicated that 81 per cent of the crop land had adequate topsoil moisture.
Windy weatehr delayed spraying operations and dried out topsoil moisture.

Saskatchewan farmers now have 25 per cent of the 2008 crop planted, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.

The five-year (2003-07) average is 20 per cent of the crop planted at this time.  Seeding is most advanced in the southeast where 46 per cent of the crop has been planted, and least advanced in the northwest where seven per cent has been planted.  Early-seeded crops are emerging in southern areas.  Some producers in the southern and central areas of the province are delaying seeding oilseeds until rain is received. 

Seeding Progress in SK
per cent seeded

All
Crops

May 11/08

25

5-year Avg. (2003-07)

20

May 13/07

31

May 14/06

25

May 8/05

16

May 9/04

19

May 11/03

8

Overall, topsoil moisture conditions on crop land deteriorated slightly from last week.  According to crop reporters, 65 per cent of crop land has adequate topsoil moisture, and 35 per cent is short or very short of topsoil moisture.  For hay and pasture land, reporters show 53 per cent with adequate moisture and 47 per cent with short or very short topsoil moisture.  Some areas received rain Sunday night, which continued into Monday morning.  Information pertaining to this rainfall will be included in next week's report.

Cool temperatures continue to slow fieldwork and crop germination, as well as grass and hay growth. 

 

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Crop Report Submission
May 2008

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 www.saskcropinsurance.comunder Our Programs, or contact Crop Insurance toll-free 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.

For more information on the Contract Price Option, please visit www.saskcropinsurance.com or call 1-888-935-0000.

 


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

The past week in the southeast was cool with some wind.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported.  Crop District (CD) 3ase reported an average of 5 mm of rain. 

South eastern reporters said 21% of the crop land had adequate moisture, down from 39% last week.  The balance of the crop land has short or very short topsoil moisture situation.  Twelve per cent of the hay and pasture land has adequate topsoil moisture and the balance has short or very short moisture. 

Good seeding progress was made and south eastern farmers report 46% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from 10% last week.  Crop District 3ase is furthest advanced at 64% seeded.  Crop District 1b is least advanced with 41% seeded.  Some early-seeded wheat and barley have emerged.  Germination is slow in many areas due to cool temperatures and dry soil - farmers are concerned whether germination will occur and how evenly.  There is also concern about emerging crops and freezing overnight temperatures. 

Some farmers anticipate planting some crop acres to greenfeed due to very slow growth of hay crops and pastures.  Planned oilseed acres may be shifted to cereals due to dry conditions. 

Livestock continue to be fed, and farmers are running low on hay supplies.  Water is in short supply in the Pangman area.    

There has been some spraying for burn-off, but there is limited weed growth.  Farmers are also cleaning seed, repairing machinery, fixing fences, and picking rocks.


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

This past week,the southwest was cool and mostly dry.  An average of 5 mm of precipitation was reported.  This ranged from an average low of 1 mm reported in CDs 3an and 3bn, to an average high of 12 mm in CD 4a.    

After some improvement last week, reporters indicated that topsoil moisture declined somewhat as they rated 51% of the crop land as having adequate moisture compared to 55% last week.  The balance of the cropland is rated as having short to very short topsoil moisture.  For hay and pasture land, reporters indicate 27% of the land has adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 35% last week.  The rest of the hay and pasture land is rated as having short or very short topsoil moisture.  Reporters are concerned that hay crops will be very low yielding unless some rain comes soon.  

South western farmers report 39% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from 9% last week.  Crop District 4a is furthest advanced at 48% seeded and CDs 3asw and 3bn are least advanced at 36% seeded.  Some cereal crops and lentils are emerging.  There is some concern that with the cool temperatures, crops are not germinating in a timely fashion.  There is also concern that the freezing temperatures will damage newly emerging crops.   

Some cattle have been moved out to summer pastures, though many are still being supplemented with bale feeding.  Water is in short supply in the Bengough, Assiniboia, Kincaid, and Stewart Valley areas.   

Farmers are applying herbicide both pre- and post-seeding, picking rocks, poisoning gophers, and rolling pulse crops. 

Badgers are making a mess in some fields as they dig out gophers.  This year's young gophers are showing up in fields.  In some areas, gophers have started to dig up seeded peas and lentils.


East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region was generally cool and dry last week.  Only trace amounts of precipitation were reported.       

Topsoil moisture on crop land declined, with reporters rating 65% of crop land as having adequate moisture, compared to 73% last week.  The balance of the crop land is rated as having short or very short topsoil moisture.  For hay and pasture land, reporters rate 49% of the area as adequate, compared to 59% last week.  The balance of the hay and pasture land is rated as having short to very short topsoil moisture.  

East central farmers report 18% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from 2% last week.  Crop District 5a reports 21% seeded, while CD 5b reports 15%.  Early-seeded pulse crops have germinated in the Holdfast area.  There is concern about the effect cold weather will have on germination.  Many farmers will be waiting for rain before planting oilseeds. 

Fieldwork such as rock picking, fertilizing, and harrowing are becoming general.  Weed growth has been slow, making for minimal pre-seeding spraying.             

Cattle are still being fed because of poor growth rates on pastures.


West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

The west central region was dry with cool days and freezing nights during the past week.  Mostly trace amounts of precipitation were reported.           

Topsoil moisture is generally good, with reporters rating 95% of the crop land as having adequate topsoil moisture and 91% of the hay and pasture land as having adequate moisture.  Some fields are still quite wet in the Battleford area.         

West central reporters indicate that 9% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from less than 1% last week.  All three CDs (6b, 7a, 7b) report 9% seeded.  Peas have germinated in the Grandora area.      

Farmers are pre-working, fertilizing, spraying, harrowing, rock picking, and rolling pulse crops.  Slow weed growth means that little pre-seeding burn-off has been done.

Cattle are being moved out to pastures, but many continue to be fed bales because the pastures do not have enough growth.


North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

The northeast was dry and cool last week.  Only trace amounts of moisture were reported.   

Topsoil moisture conditions improved as surplus areas dried and reporters rated 95% of the crop land as having adequate moisture, up from 87% last week.  Reporters rated 93% of the hay and pasture land as having adequate topsoil moisture. 

North eastern reporters indicate that 14% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from less than 1% planted last week.  Crop district 8a is furthest advanced at 17% seeded, and CD 9ae is least advanced at 10% seeded. 

Farmers were harrowing, cultivating, picking rocks, and applying fertilizer.


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

This past week brought cool, unsettled weather to the northwest.  An average of less than 1 mm of precipitation was reported. 

Reporters rate 98% of crop, hay and pasture land as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared to less than 95% last week.    

North western reporters indicate that 7% of the 2008 crop is planted, up from less than 1% last week.  Crop District 9aw is furthest advanced at 9% seeded.

Farmers have started deep-banding fertilizer and doing some pre-seeding burn-off.  As well, there is some heavy harrowing.  There are still some wet spots in fields and it is easy to get stuck. 

Cattlemen are moving their stock out to pastures, but there is limited growth, and cattle continue to be fed.


For further information contact:
Terry Bedard, P.Ag.
Agricultural Economist
Policy Branch
Ministry of Agriculture
Telephone:  306-787-5956
E-mail: policybranch@gov.sk.ca



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