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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Fifty per cent of crops were in good to excellent condition. Haying operations had just started.

Most areas in the province received rain over the past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

On average the southeast received 24 mm of rain; the southwest 16 mm; the east-central regions 32 mm; the west-central regions 37 mm; the northeast 26 mm and the northwest 53 mm.

Provincial topsoil moisture conditions have improved overall since last week's report. Cropland topsoil moisture is reported as two per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are reported as 68 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and four per cent very short. While the recent moisture is welcome, reports are indicating that some hay stands may not recover from the lack of moisture and cool spring.

Crop conditions have generally improved since last week's report. Winter wheat is reported as 81 per cent fair to good. Wheat is reported as 86 per cent fair to good. Canola is reported as 80 per cent fair to good, and 16 per cent poor. Peas are 89 per cent fair to good.

On average, 65 per cent of fall-seeded crops are behind normal in development. Eighty per cent of spring cereals and 83 per cent of oilseeds are behind normal. Seventy-one per cent of pulse crops are behind normal in development.

The majority of crop damage can be attributed to dry conditions, flea beetles, grasshoppers, gophers and hail. Downpours in some areas caused flooding, which damaged some crops. Cutworms are showing up in large numbers in the northeastern part of the province.

Haying operations have yet to begin in the province.

Farmers are busy controlling weeds and gophers, and scouting crops.


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

SE SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 49 50
Spring Cereals 0 14 85
Oilseeds 0 15 84
Pulse Crops 0 23 76

The week brought good growing conditions, showers and winds. The region received an average of 25 mm of rain. Crop District (CD) 1A averaged 24 mm, CD 1B 14 mm, CD 2A 32 mm, CD 2B 39 mm, and CD 3ASE 18 mm. The rain did not fall uniformly over the area. The Carnduff and Maryfield areas received about 3 mm, while the Fillmore, Indian Head and Marquis areas received around 50 mm. The Montmartre and Odessa areas received 67 and 59 mm, respectively.

Topsoil moisture conditions are similar to last week: conditions are being reported as 81 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short on cropland. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 72 per cent adequate and 26 per cent short.

Flea beetles caused most of the crop damage. Downpours in some areas caused flooding, which damaged crops. Hail was reported in the Weyburn and Montmartre areas: some crops received 60 to 70 per cent damage. The warm weather has advanced the crops, as well as the weeds. In many fields, there is a significant range in crop stages.

Haying operations have yet to start in the region. The quality of the hay crop is being reported as fair.

Farmers are busy controlling weeds in between rainstorms and wind, and scouting crops. Alfalfa fields are just starting to bloom. The bromegrass and winter wheat crops are heading-out.

SE SK Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  WinterWheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 12 22 6 6 5 5 0  
% good 59 51 69 64 56 56 27  
% fair 27 26 28 26 34 33 70  
% poor 1 1 4 1 4 5 2  
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 5 5 0 0 6 7 4 0
% good 53 46 60 87 65 56 56 57
% fair 34 38 37 13 25 21 33 42
% poor 5 9 2 0 2 4 6 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

SW SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 44 54
Spring Cereals 0 26 73
Oilseeds 0 25 74
Pulse Crops 2 33 63

The southwestern region was warm, with spotty showers during the past week, receiving an area-average of 16 mm. CD 3ASW received 6mm, CD 3AN 11 mm, CD 3BS 8 mm, CD 3BN 28 mm, CD 4A 19 mm and CD 4B 30 mm. There were a few areas that did not receive any rain, and some that received a lot: the Swift Current area received 50 mm;  the Kyle and Burstall areas received 48 and 43 mm, respectively; the Hazlet and Tyner areas received around 48 mm of rain.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved somewhat from last week. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 72 per cent adequate and 26 per cent short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 57 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and two per cent very short. The recent rains have helped the hay and pasture land somewhat; however, the stands are still very short and growing slowly. There are reports of hay stands being one foot tall, or less. Haying has yet to start in the region.

The warm week allowed crops to catch up on development. Canola and mustard crops are beginning to flower in the Cadillac area. Gophers, grasshoppers, flea beetles and dry conditions were the main sources of crop damage. There is some spraying for grasshoppers being done.

Farmers are busy finishing up in-crop weed control, as well as chem-fallowing, controlling gophers, taking bulls to pasture and readying haying equipment.

SW SK Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  Winter Wheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 9 0 5 5 2 4 2  
% good 48 29 54 51 57 64 58  
% fair 39 61 37 40 38 31 38  
% poor 2 8 3 3 1 0 2  
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
% good 60 41 54 0 55 55 63 41
% fair 39 56 42 100 40 39 25 57
% poor 0 2 3 0 3 3 8 1
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 


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

EC SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 15 85
Spring Cereals 0 13 86
Oilseeds 0 10 89
Pulse Crops 0 17 63

The days were generally warm and windy, with rain storms toward the end of the week. Severe thunderstorms were reported in some areas (Neudorf and Ituna). The region received an average of 32 mm of rain. CD 5A received an average of 30 mm, CD 5B 25 mm and CD 6A 38 mm. Some areas (Neudorf, Foam Lake, Quill Lake, Craven and Craik) received more than 50 mm of rain. A few areas received only trace amounts of moisture.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved from last week. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as six per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 65 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Crop damage was mostly due to dry conditions, flea beetles and cutworms. Hail damaged some crops in the Imperial and Leroy areas.

Haying has yet to begin. Hay crops are short and behind in development. There are hopes the recent rain will result in some improved growth on hay and pasture lands. Grasshoppers are hatching, but no significant damage has occurred to date. Cutworms are causing significant damage in areas, especially in canola.  Fire flies are out! 

There are reports of shortages of some weed control products. There is a significant range in crop stages within many fields.

Farmers were busy with in-crop weed control and crop scouting. 

EC Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  Winter Wheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 7 6 4 0 6 4 0  
% good 45 45 54 48 54 56 66  
% fair 32 41 34 43 31 31 33  
% poor 13 5 7 8 8 8 0  
% very poor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 2 0 3 0 3 1 0 0
% good 52 42 58 0 59 65 23 75
% fair 34 38 26 0 30 31 27 24
% poor 10 17 11 0 7 2 24 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0


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

WC SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 4 32 63
Spring Cereals 0 13 86
Oilseeds 0 12 87
Pulse Crops 0 25 74

Most areas received a good rain. The average for the region was 37 mm. CD 6B received an average of 39 mm, CD 7A 38 mm and CD 7B 35 mm. Most areas reported more than 20 mm for the week. The Biggar area received between 50 - 65 mm of rain. Rosetown received 45 - 50 mm. The area around Sonningdale received up to 73 mm. The Hanley area received 47 mm. The Jansen area, 68mm.

Average topsoil moisture conditions for the region have increased dramatically. Cropland moisture conditions are rated as 60 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land is sitting at 55 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 16 per cent very short. Moisture is still needed. Some crops have not fully emerged. Pastures and hay land are being reported in poor condition, short and slow growing. Haying has not started. The recent rains may help the later-seeded crops. Cereal crops are showing the most improvement from the rain and warm temperatures.

Crop damage was mainly due dry conditions. Germination is uneven from lack of moisture, which is still needed to advance crops, hay and pasture land.

Farmers are busy controlling weeds when the weather allows, seeding greenfeed crops and scouting fields.

 

WC SK Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  Winter Wheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
% good 7 8 25 14 24 23 25  
% fair 33 46 39 31 46 36 37  
% poor 35 23 26 37 21 29 10  
% very poor 24 21 0 16 6 9 28  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
% good 15 19 13 31 29 31 11 0
% fair 47 35 32 34 47 42 20 20
% poor 24 30 32 19 18 18 28 60
% very poor 12 14 21 13 5 6 39 20


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

NE SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009

 

% Ahead

% Normal

% Behind

Fall Cereals

0

38

61

Spring Cereals

0

29

70

Oilseeds

0

20

79

Pulse Crops

0

33

66

Weather conditions for the past week were warm and wet. The region received an average of 26 mm of moisture. CD 8A averaged 23 mm, CD 8B 27 mm and CD 9AE 49 mm. There are areas in the region that still need rain, especially around Tisdale, Codette, Alvena and Vonda.

Crops, hay and pasture land are behind in development, due to cool weather in the early spring. Some crops are coming up patchy. The recent rains should improve hay stands in the area. Cutworms and flea beetles were the major causes of crop damages, and control of these pests is underway. Cutworms have caused significant damage in some fields.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved from last week's report. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 92 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 86 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pastures are slow to advance.

Farmers are busy scouting fields, and controlling weeds and crop pests when weather allows.

NE SK Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  Winter Wheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
% good 38 51 46 58 50 49 0  
% fair 51 31 46 33 44 45 0  
% poor 10 10 6 0 4 5 0  
% very poor 0 6 0 0 0 0 0  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 0 0 33 0 1 0 1 0
% good 53 35 16 0 62 30 36 0
% fair 37 48 40 0 33 57 49 0
% poor 8 13 10 0 2 12 10 0
% very poor 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

NW SK Crop Development - June 22, 2009
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 0 43 56
Spring Cereals 1 36 62
Oilseeds 0 30 69
Pulse Crops 1 31 68

Recent rain showers and warm weather have improved crop conditions. Rain was uneven throughout the region, but all crop reporters recorded some moisture. The average for the region was 53 mm. CD 9AW received an average of 44 mm and CD 9B received 58 mm on average. Most areas received more than 30 mm. The area around Meadow Lake received 103 mm, Medstead 65 mm, Barthel 70 mm and St. Walburg 17 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions for this CD have improved since last week's report. Cropland topsoil moisture is six per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 85 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. Flooding and hail were the major causes of crop damage. Hail was reported in the Debden and Spiritwood areas. Flea beetles were also a source of crop damage.

Haying operations have yet to begin. There are some reports that the rain has come too late for hay and pasture lands; others report there is still time for a decent hay crop.

Crop development is variable. Cutworms are severely damaging some crops.

Farmers are busy scouting fields and controlling weeds.

NW SK Crop Conditions - June 22, 2009
  Winter Wheat Fall Rye Spring Wheat Durum Oat Barley Triticale  
% excellent 0 0 2 0 0 2 0  
% good 51 18 51 0 58 54 0  
% fair 33 76 43 0 38 39 0  
% poor 14 5 2 0 3 4 0  
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Flax Canola Mustard Sunflower Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea
% excellent 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
% good 86 39 0 0 48 0 75 0
% fair 14 47 0 0 41 0 25 0
% poor 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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