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      Friday, December 15, 2017
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One per cent of the 2008 crop was seeded.  Some RMs reported seeding progress of 20 per cent or more; however, most seeding had not started due to wet and/or cold field conditions.

Seeding is underway in the southwest, however, cool weather has delayed seeding in most other areas of Saskatchewan this week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.

Less than one per cent of the crop has been seeded, primarily peas, lentils and canola.

Producers have taken advantage of the lull in seeding to do other field work such as weed control, fertilizer application, rock picking and harrowing.

The effects of this week's snowfall will be detailed in next week's crop report.

Top soil moisture conditions remain virtually unchanged from last week.  Most of the province is reporting adequate moisture levels; however, the west-central and northwest portions of the province are still reporting some areas that are short of moisture.

Pasture conditions are poor across the province, due to slow growth resulting from the cool weather and/or lack of moisture.  Some producers in the south are reporting inadequate supplies of water for their livestock.

Farmers are busy with pre-seeding field work, seed cleaning, moving cattle to pasture, calving and fencing.


Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 1, 2, and 3ASE)

Farmers are busy with calving, readying machinery, harrowing and grain-cleaning in anticipation of warmer weather.

During the past week, the southeast was cool with a few small rain showers. Temperatures are still dipping below zero on most nights. Close to 10mm of rain fell in the Fillmore, Qu'Appelle and the Radville areas.

Topsoil moisture on crop land is reported as 30 per cent surplus and 67 per cent adequate.  On hay and pasture land, top soil moisture is eight per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and four per cent short. There is not much field activity, as fields are quite wet and the soil is cold.  Some farmers are applying herbicide and fertilizer.

Pasture conditions are being reported as poor, due to cool weather, resulting in slow growth.


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

Farmers are busy applying fertilizer and spring burnoff products, readying machinery, calving, taking cows to pasture and cleaning grain.  There is a new Patterson Inland Grain Terminal that is open for business in Assiniboia.

The past few weeks have been cool and windy. Precipitation fell as snow and rain. Areas around Fife Lake received around 20mm of rain, while the Shaunavon and Admiral areas reported around 15mm and 10mm of rain, respectively.

Seeding progress is at three per cent in the region.   Peas, lentils and canola are being seeded.  There is some concern that the cool weather is delaying weed growth, resulting in some farmers looking to control weeds in-crop, as opposed to a pre-seed burnoff. The soil is still fairly cool.

Livestock water supply is a concern in some areas, with 87 per cent reporting adequate supplies and 13 per cent reporting inadequate.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are 76 per cent adequate, and 21 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 74 per cent adequate and 23 per cent short.  


East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 5 and 6a)

Farmers are busy preparing equipment, acquiring crop inputs, calving, cleaning seed and doing some pre-seed preparations.

The east-central district experienced cool conditions with scattered light snow during the last week.  The Neudorf area received 8mm of rain.  The slow spring is delaying entrance into the field to do spring preparations.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are 14 per cent surplus and 84 per cent adequate.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are seven per cent surplus and 88 per cent adequate.  Fields are still too wet to start spring preparations.  Seeding is expected to start in one to two weeks.  Some farmers are applying herbicides and fertilizer. The frost line in the soil is slowly receding.   

Livestock water supply is being reported as 97 per cent adequate.  Pastures are slow starting out, as cool weather has delayed new growth.


West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B and 7)

Farmers are preparing for seeding, cleaning seed, moving grain and calving.

West-central Saskatchewan has had cool, dry weather delaying the warming of the soil.  Precipitation was fairly scarce throughout the region.  In the Biggar area, 8mm of rain fell.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions for the area are 65 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land is sitting at 49 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 11 per cent very short. Some fertilizing and weed control is being reported. There are some reports of seeding taking place in Crop District 7A.  There were also a few cool nights that hit well below freezing. There is a high fire rating in CD 6B.

Livestock water supplies are adequate in most areas, although there is some concern about running short as the season continues. According to crop reporters, supplies are 82 per cent adequate and 17 per cent inadequate. Pastures are off to a slow start due to the cool and dry conditions.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Farmers are calving, readying machinery and cleaning grain. Seeding is expected to start in the next week or so.

The northeast experienced cool and windy days during the past of week. Some areas are looking for rain, despite some of the district receiving rain last week. There was a report of 10mm of rain in the Tisdale area. Some pre-seeding field work has started. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions for the area are 86 per cent adequate.  Hay and pasture top soil moisture conditions are reporting 66 per cent adequate and six per cent short.  Livestock water supplies are adequate.

Pasture conditions are generally rated as good, although cool spring conditions have resulted in slow growth.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Livestock water supplies are being reported as adequate. Pasture conditions are 28 per cent good, 25 per cent fair, and 39 per cent poor.  The pastures and hay land are off to a slow start.  Warmer weather would be welcome.

Weather conditions are reported as cool.  CD 9AW is in need of moisture. The temperatures have dipped well below freezing for a few nights.  The ground is still frozen in the low areas of fields. Very little rain was received during the past week. There is some fertilizing and harrowing taking place. There is no seeding progress to report.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are currently nine per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short.  The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 76 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short.

 

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