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      Friday, December 15, 2017
One Year Ago Approximately one percent of the crop was seeded

Seeding has begun in the southwest corner of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's first weekly crop report of 2009.

A late spring, combined with cooler temperatures and precipitation, has delayed seeding in most other areas of the province.  The northern and central regions are still one to two weeks away from the start of seeding.

Some crop districts in the western half of the province are in need of moisture.  Most areas are reporting good winter snowfall, but not a lot of runoff.

Some crop districts reported significant rainfall this past week.  Dugouts are filling in areas that were previously dry.

Eighteen per cent of cropland is reported as having surplus top soil moisture; 71 per cent is reported as having adequate moisture; and 11 per cent is reported as having low or very low moisture levels.  Nine per cent of hay and pasture land is reported as having surplus top soil moisture; 76 per cent is reported as having adequate moisture; and 15 per cent is reported as having low or very low moisture levels.

Crop reporters indicate that producers have spent the last several weeks picking rocks, readying machinery, cleaning grain, controlling winter annuals, calving, obtaining crop inputs and attending auction sales.

 

South eastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 1, 2, and 3ASE)

During the past week, the southeast was cool with showers. On average, 12mm of rain fell, ranging from 20mm in Crop District (CD) 3AS-east to 2 mm in CD 1A. Most areas are reporting good runoff, although not as much as expected considering the amount of snow over the winter.

Topsoil moisture on crop land is reported as 37% surplus, 62% adequate.  On hay and pasture land, top soil moisture is 14% surplus, 84% adequate. There is not a whole lot of field activity as fields are quite wet.  There were no reports of seeding.

The majority of the south east had adequate forage and feed grain supply for the winter.  1% of the crop was left in the field unharvested.  It is not expected to be combined this spring.

Dugouts are filling, crocuses are blooming and pussy willows are out. Farmers are busy with calving, readying machinery and attending auction sales.

 

South western Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 3ASW, 3AN, 3B and 4) 

The past couple of weeks have been cool and windy.  Some areas reporting rain with an average of 12 mm.  The Shaunavon area experienced 6 inches of snow, mixed with rain on April 15th.  Moisture seems to be adequate and average for this time of year. Water supply a concern in pastures in some areas, with some dugouts just filling enough and some areas experiencing very little runoff.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are 82% adequate, and 14% short. Hay and pasture land is 81% adequate and 16% short.   Seeding has just gotten under way with peas and canola.

Approximately half of the south west had to stretch forage supplies as there was inadequate forage to carry through the winter. Some areas experienced a tighter feed grain supply by the time winter was through. Some cattle are heading to pasture, and some will be supplemented in some form.  Gophers have been out for a few weeks already.

Farmers are busy applying fertilizer to winter crops, applying spring burn-off products, readying machinery, calving, taking cows to pasture, going to auction sales, cleaning grain.  There are reports of Edge and some seed treatments in short supply.

 

East Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 5 and 6a)

This particular district experienced cool and wet conditions during the last week.  The slow spring is delaying entrance into the field to do spring preparations.  There was snow and rain last week in the Craik, Imperial, Nokomis and Leroy areas. 28 mm of precipitation was received.

Topsoil moisture conditions for crop land are 23% surplus, 72% adequate and 5 % short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is looking good with 14 % surplus and 83% adequate.  Fields are still pretty wet to start spring preparation.  Seeding not expected to start for about 10 days to 2 weeks.  Winter crops are greening up.

Forage and feed supplies over winter were adequate, with most farmers not reporting any shortages.

Farmers are busy preparing equipment, acquiring crop inputs, calving, cleaning seed, attending auction sales.

 

West Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B and 7)

West central Saskatchewan has had cool weather delaying the warm up of soils.  Moisture would be welcomed in all areas. An average of 2.9 mm fell last week. Some areas around Arelee area received 11 mm.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions for the area are 73% adequate, 17 % short and 9% very short.  Hay and pasture land is sitting at 65% adequate, 26 % short and 8% very short. Field work is expected to begin in the next week or so. Hay and pastures in some areas are in need of rain, particularly in CD 7A.

Forage supplies were tight for approximately 50% of the CD.  There was about 5-10% forage carryover in other areas of the CD.

Farmers are preparing for seeding, cleaning seed, moving grain, calving. In some areas there appears to be a tight supply of glyphosate products. Fertilizer arriving on the farm on time may be an issue.

 

North Eastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Cool days with rain and snow were scattered throughout the area during the past couple of weeks. The rain and snow on April 15th resulted in some areas receiving 23 mm with an average of 19 mm of rain over the past week. The Arborfield area received over 50mm of rain during last week. CD 8B averaged 2.7 mm of rain. 

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions for the area are 32% surplus and 54% adequate.  Hay and pasture top soil moisture conditions are reporting 22% surplus, 50% adequate. There is no significant flooding to report, the snow melt soaked right into the soil.  Farmers are not expected to start seeding until the beginning of May.

While feed grain availability was not an issue this year, about 52% of the CD experienced tighter forage supplies.

Farmers are calving, readying machinery and cleaning grain.

 

North western Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Most reports are coming in as cool and dry in the north west, with some fluctuating temperatures and some areas that are more moist. There is not much run off.  Recent rains resulted in an average of 8.5 mm in CD 9AW and 4.4 mm in CD 9B.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are currently 3% surplus, 69% adequate and 23 % short.  The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 63% adequate and 31 % short. 2% of the harvest was left in the field last fall, and it is all expected to be combined this spring. Livestock forage supplies over winter came up short in many areas.  Farmers needed to truck in hay.  Feed grain supplies were generally adequate.

There is not much field activity at this point. Seeding is expected to start in early May. The recent rains are welcomed as it will help get pastures and hay on the right track.

 

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