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      Friday, December 15, 2017

1 Year Ago
25 per cent of the 2008 crop had been seeded.
Topsoil moisture conditions for crop land and hay and pasture land were 65 and 53 per cent adequate, across the province, respectively.

 
Seeding Progress in SK Per cent seeded
All Crops
May 11/09 23
5 year avg. (2004-2008) 23
May 11/08 25
May 13/07 31
May 14/06 25
May 8/05 16
May 9/04 19
 
Seeding Progress by Crop District
CD May 4/09 May 11/09 May 11/08
1A 2 18 45
1B 1 11 41
2A 0 9 50
2B 1 21 43
3ASE N/A 10 64
3ASW 3 9 36
3AN 2 25 N/A
3BS 9 36 46
3BN 26 64 36
4A 8 40 48
4B 30 71 38
5A 1 9 21
5B 0 8 15
6A 1 11 19
6B 1 25 9
7A 2 44 9
7B 1 27 9
8A 1 31 17
8B 0 8 12
9AE N/A 10 10
9AW 1 13 9

9B

1

24

5

Provincial

4

23

25

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Crop Report, Saskatchewan farmers have seeded 23 per cent of the 2009 crop, which is on par with the five year average (2004-2008). Last week, seeding progress was reported as four per cent complete.

The southern and southwestern regions of the province have 30 and 43 per cent of the crop in the ground, respectively.  Thirty-two and nine per cent is planted in the west-central and east-central regions, respectively. The northeastern and northwestern regions are both reporting that 18 per cent of the crop is in the ground. Soils are slow to warm, due to cool temperatures.

Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 72 per cent adequate on crop land and 66 per cent adequate on hay and pasture land. However, areas in the western half of the province are reporting shortages of topsoil moisture.

Information pertaining to the moisture that fell on May 12 and 13, will be included in next week's report.


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

Seeding is just nicely underway with 15 per cent of the crop in the ground.  Some areas are reporting that half of the crop has been seeded. Field peas, lentils, durum and wheat are being seeded. Good seeding progress was made.  There was very little rain, if any, to record this past week.  Temperatures were still cool, but slowly warming, and things are greening up.   Soils are cool for this time of year, but are reading around 5-8°C in the morning.

Farmers are seeding, taking cattle to pasture, and applying fertilizer and weed control products when weather allows.

Generally, good moisture conditions for this CD are being reported.  Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are 10 per cent surplus and 85 percent adequate.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 90 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.


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

43 per cent of the 2009 crop is in the ground. Several areas are reporting up to eighty per cent of the crop is seeded. A large percentage of the pulses are in, and farmers are now moving onto oilseeds and cereals.  It was cool and dry at the beginning of the week, with some moisture falling at the end of the week, in some areas.  CD 4A had an average of 10 mm of rain.  CD 3ASW is reporting adequate moisture conditions for this time of year.

Topsoil moisture conditions for crop land are 60 per cent adequate and 35 per cent short in the south west and 72 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short in the south.  Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are 64 per cent adequate and 26 per cent short in the south west and 75 per cent adequate and 19 per cent short in the south.  CD 3BN, 4A and 4B are reporting very dry conditions.

The winter wheat crops look good, and seemed to have survived the cold winter fairly well.

Farmers are seeding, rolling, taking cattle to pasture, branding and applying fertilizer and weed control products when weather allows.  There were a couple reports of some farmers having to reapply weed control products due to poor efficacy in the current weather conditions


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

Farmers have an average of nine per cent of the crop seeded, with some areas reporting up to 30 per cent seeded. Temperatures were close to average with fairly cool nights of zero to minus six degrees. A variety of crops are being seeded, field peas, lentils, and canola and cereals are going in.  There were some reports of pea and cereals crops sprouting.  

Some moisture fell as snow, but melted quickly.  There was not a lot of moisture to report.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are 94 per cent adequate.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 80 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short. 

Farmers were also busy with rock picking, pre seed weed control, putting down fertilizer and taking cattle to pasture. Some are still feeding cows at the yard, as pastures are slow at getting started. There are concerns of the effectiveness of pre-seed burnoff, due to cool days and nights.


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

An average of 32 per cent of the 2009 crop has been seeded is this CD. Mainly peas and canola are being seeded, with some wheat and barley going in. There is some concern about germination of crops that are in dry soil.  Some earlier seeded crops have started to emerge.  The CD is in need of rain and warmer temperatures to get crops, pastures and hay land off to a good start.

West-central Saskatchewan has had cool, dry and windy weather during the past week.  There was very little rain reported.  The area around Perdue received 14 mm.  

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions for the area are 35 per cent adequate, 57 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land is sitting at 24 per cent adequate, 57 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.

Farmers are busy seeding, rolling, preparing for seeding, applying fertilizer, rock picking and controlling weeds.


North eastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Cereals, peas and canola are being seeded with an average of eighteen per cent of the crop in the ground. Some areas are reporting up to fifty per cent seeded.  The past week was cool and windy.  Soil temperatures are still fairly cool. Topsoil moisture is generally adequate, with a few pockets needing rain.  Germination of crops and weeds is slow, due to cool conditions. There were very few reports of precipitation last week for this CD, some of which fell as snow.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are 90 per cent adequate and 9per cent short for crop land.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 75 per cent adequate and 24 per cent short.

Farmers are busy seeding, rolling, harrowing, and applying fertilizer.


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

On average, eighteen per cent of the crop has been seeded.  Peas, wheat and canola are going in. The winter wheat crops are slow at getting going.  Cool and dry conditions were experienced during the past week. Some snow fell in CD's 9A and 9B. CD 9AW had an average of 6 mm of rain.  The Leask and Spiritwood areas received 25 and 12 mm, respectively. 

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are currently 55 per cent adequate and 39 per cent short. The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 43 per cent adequate and 41 per cent short. Last week's Crop Report recorded crop land topsoil moisture conditions were 68 per cent adequate and 31 per cent short.  Hay land and pasture conditions were reported as 69 per cent adequate and 25 per cent short.

Farmers are busy seeding, preparing for seeding, rock picking and taking cattle to pasture.

 

Growing Degree Days Above 5ºC
calculations based on temperatures given by crop reporters
R.M. Since April 1   May 5-11 Total
3 24   31.5 55.5
17A 2   23 25
38A 33.9   24.5 58.4
38B 34.5   31.5 66
44     23  
67 13 * 24.5 37.5
69     31.05  
71     29  
73 18.5   31.5 50
75     29.9  
76 30.4   25.5 55.9
78 30   19.5 49.5
97 43.7275   23.85 67.5775
109 18.5 * 34 52.5
123     10.5  
124     10.2  
127 11.255   17.5 28.755
138 39.5   35 74.5
141 69.79   36.7 106.49
142 10.8025 * 17.4 28.2025
151 23.35   18.85 42.2
156 9.75   7.5 17.25
166 33 * 34.5 67.5
167 28   24 52
185 19.745 *   19.745
186 6.75   9 15.75
190     24.45  
193 4.2775 *   4.2775
221     8.15  
222 6.75 * 24 30.75
226 16 * 14 30
252 13.4 * 19.25 32.65
259     21.9  
271     4  
276     8.5  
277 7.3   16.4 23.7
283     16.7  
285 30.79   20.05 50.84
287 10.5 * 18.5 29
336 11   4.5 15.5
339 8.75   5.25 14
340     6  
343 36.18 *   36.18
370     6  
379     15.35  
397 13.4375 *   13.4375
428 12.85   7.5 20.35
429 9   13.5 22.5
442 9   25 34
456 12   0 12
486     7.5  
488 12.2 *   12.2
496     13.5  
488     0  
502 3   31 34
         
         
* missing 1 to 7 days of data    
A degree day is defined as a measure of the departure of temperature for a day from some reference temperature.  They are expressed in degrees of temperature. For plant growth, a base of 5ºC is generally used, although the base varies for each plant species and, in fact, varies throughout the life of the plant from germination to maturity.  By accumulating degree days throughout the growing season, it is possible to forecast harvesting dates.

 

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