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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Harvest was just getting underway in the south west.
Fifty-six per cent of the 2008 hay crop had been baled or put into silage.
Fifty-eight per cent of reporters rated pastures in good to excellent condition.

The majority of crops in the province are in good to fair condition, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Eighty-eight per cent of spring wheat, 87 per cent of flax, 86 per cent of canola 85 per cent of peas are reported to be in good to fair condition.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined over the past week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 59 per cent adequate and 36 per cent short; while hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 46 per cent adequate and 46 per cent short.

Pasture conditions have improved somewhat since last month. Thirty-three per cent are in good condition, 47 per cent are in fair condition and 17 per cent are in poor condition.

Forty-nine per cent of the province's hay crop has been baled or put into silage, 26 per cent is cut and 25 per cent remains standing. Fifty-two per cent of the hay crop is rated as good quality, while 30 per cent is rated as fair. The cold and dry conditions earlier in the season have made a second cut of hay unlikely in most areas.

The availability of livestock water supplies remains virtually unchanged from a month ago. Ninety-one per cent of the province has an adequate supply of livestock water, while nine per cent has an inadequate supply.

Dry conditions and insects - primarily grasshoppers, wheat midge and pea aphids - are causing the majority of crop damage. Gophers are also causing damage in some areas.

Farmers are busy haying, scouting fields, controlling insects and getting ready for harvest. A good rain to help fill crops and some heat would be appreciated.

Please note:

There is a correction to be made from last week's Crop Report. In the media release the sentence "All crops are reported to be in good to fair condition" should read "The majority of all crops are reported to be in fair to good condition."  Last week, some areas were reporting a percentage of some crops were in poor or very poor condition.

SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

6

7

5

6

5

5

6

 

% good

61

63

61

53

66

65

73

 

% fair

25

21

28

31

26

27

16

 

% poor

7

8

6

9

3

3

5

 

% very poor

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

8

5

5

N/A

10

10

6

2

% good

61

55

57

N/A

60

58

44

60

% fair

27

32

32

N/A

25

24

35

26

% poor

4

7

5

N/A

4

7

12

10

% very poor

0

1

0

N/A

0

1

3

1

 


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

Temperatures finally warmed up, and there were cool nights and some scattered showers throughout the week.  CD 1A and 3ASE reported no rain, CD 1B received trace amounts in the areas around Glenavon, Tantallon and Grenfell. The Weyburn area received 30 mm, and was the only part of CD 2A to report rain. CD 2B received an average of 2 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined by quite a bit from last week. Conditions are being reported as 50 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and six per cent very short on cropland.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 37 per cent adequate, 54 per cent short and nine per cent very short.

Haying operations are progressing with the dry weather. Fifty-nine per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, 19 per cent is cut, while 21 per cent remains standing. Six per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent quality, 50 per cent good, 22 per cent fair and three per cent poor.  Hay crop yields are reported to be widely variable due to frost and spotty rains.

Pasture conditions are reported to be 36 per cent good, 43 per cent fair, 17 per cent poor and three per cent very poor. Livestock water availability is 95 per cent adequate and five per cent inadequate.

Insects and dry conditions are causing the majority of crop damage.  The dry conditions were reported in CD 1B. Grasshoppers, pea aphids and wheat midge are causing the majority of the insect damage. Barley thrips were reported in the Maryfield area.  Gophers are also causing damages in the region. Ergot was reported in the Ceylon area.   

Wheat midge populations are being watched to see if control is necessary. In some areas, control measures have already been implemented.

Canola is in the late flowering to podding stage, flax is flowering and cereals are filling. There was a report of wheat streak mosaic virus in some spring wheat fields. Farmers are busy controlling wheat midge, pea aphids and grasshoppers in some areas.

Rain and heat would be nice to help fill crops and allow continued growth in pastures.

SE SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

13

19

11

19

15

11

0

 

% good

63

62

58

47

56

56

55

 

% fair

23

18

27

28

26

30

45

 

% poor

0

0

4

5

3

3

0

 

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

13

12

4

N/A

22

20

13

0

% good

57

51

64

N/A

52

39

51

61

% fair

26

31

28

N/A

22

34

32

31

% poor

4

6

4

N/A

4

6

3

8

% very poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0


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

The southwest was hot, windy and dry during the past week. CD 3ASW, 3AN and 4A reported no rain or only trace amounts of moisture. CD 3BS and 3BN received a little bit of moisture, 1.5 mm on average; Admiral received 7 mm. It is getting quite dry and rain is needed.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week, due to lack of rain. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 41 per cent adequate, 53 per cent short and six per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 27 per cent adequate, 60 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. 

Haying operations are advancing, with 66 per cent baled or put into silage, 19 per cent cut and 15 per cent still standing. Five per cent of the hay is reported as excellent quality, 54 per cent good and 30 per cent fair.

Pasture conditions have improved somewhat from last month. Twenty-one per cent of the region's pastures are reported to be in good condition, 49 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and two per cent very poor. Availability of livestock water has remained relatively unchanged from last month: 81 per cent adequate and 19 per cent inadequate.

The majority of crop damage this past week was attributed to gophers, insects and dry conditions. At 57 per cent, grasshoppers are causing most of the damage.

Peas, winter wheat and fall rye are ripening. The high temperatures during the past week have really advanced crops. The heat has brought out the grasshoppers, and some field margins are being stripped bare.

Farmers are busy scouting fields, readying harvest equipment and controlling insects. No one would mind a rainy day. Some producers will begin harvesting in about two weeks time.

SW SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

2

9

4

2

5

3

6

 

% good

58

67

58

60

64

66

77

 

% fair

32

21

32

31

27

26

17

 

% poor

8

2

5

6

4

4

0

 

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

1

4

6

N/A

4

4

4

2

% good

52

52

52

N/A

57

71

68

72

% fair

42

39

39

N/A

35

20

26

25

% poor

4

4

3

N/A

4

4

1

0

% very poor

1

1

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

 


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

Scattered showers, warmer temperatures and cooler nights brought good growing conditions. Scattered rain showers occurred throughout the region. CD 5A averaged 1 mm; CD 5B, 3 mm; and CD 6A, 2 mm. With 9 mm, the Lintlaw area recorded the most amount of rainfall.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions have declined in the region. Reporters are indicating 65 per cent is adequate, 31 per cent is short and five per cent is very short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 54 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and seven per cent very short.

Forty-six per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage. Twenty-eight per cent is cut and 26 per cent remains standing. Seven per cent of the hay crop in reported as excellent quality, 68 per cent good and 22 per cent fair quality. There are some predictions that hay yields will be 50 per cent below normal.

Pasture conditions have improved somewhat since last month.  Most of the poor pastures have been upgraded to fair. Thirty-five per cent of pastures are reported in good condition, 54 per cent in fair condition and 10 per cent in poor condition. Livestock water availability has remained the same since the end of June, with 98 per cent of producers reporting adequate supply.

Wheat midge was the cause of the majority of the crop damage in the region. Grasshoppers were also causing damage. Ergot was reported in the Leroy area. Bertha armyworm counts appear to be low enough to prevent any significant outbreaks this year.

Rain is needed in the RM 186 to produce an average crop this year. Pulse crops are podding, flax is flowering, canola is in the full bloom to early pod stages.

Farmers are busy controlling midge and pea aphids in some areas, haying and getting ready for harvest. The variable crop stages within the fields have made it difficult to control wheat midge.

E-C SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

5

3

6

11

3

6

0

 

% good

69

68

68

70

69

71

100

 

% fair

23

25

25

16

25

21

0

 

% poor

2

3

1

2

2

2

0

 

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

4

5

5

N/A

17

19

4

33

% good

69

62

75

N/A

67

71

44

56

% fair

24

28

18

N/A

15

9

52

10

% poor

3

4

2

N/A

0

1

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

 


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

Generally warm and windy conditions, with some scattered showers, made up the weather for the majority of the week. CD 6B averaged 9 mm of moisture. The Dinsmore area received 43 mm. CD 7A averaged 6 mm and CD 7B averaged 7 mm. The Herschel area received 15 mm, while Tramping Lake received 18 mm.

On average, cropland moisture conditions are rated as 61 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay and pasture land is sitting at 51 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.  

The 2009 hay crop is 33 per cent baled or put into silage, 30 per cent cut and 30 per cent standing.  Hay crop quality is reported as four per cent excellent, 40 per cent good and 28 per cent fair.  

Pasture conditions have improved from a month ago. Thirty-five per cent are in good condition, 46 per cent in fair condition, 17 per cent in poor condition and two per cent in very poor condition. One month ago, pasture conditions were five per cent good, 28 per cent fair, 45 per cent poor and 22 per cent very poor. Availability of livestock water supplies has also improved somewhat, with 81 per cent of producers reporting adequate water supplies and 19 per cent reporting inadequate supply of livestock water.

Insects, primarily grasshoppers and wheat midge, caused the majority of crop damage. Dry conditions continue to hold back crop development in some areas. Grasshoppers are being controlled in lentils. Wheat midge control is occurring in some isolated areas.

Pulse crops and canola are flowering and cereals are headed out. Crops have advanced well in the past week, but are still behind in development.

Farmers are busy scouting fields, preparing for harvest and hauling grain.  

 

W-C SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

0

0

5

0

5

4

5

 

% good

3

22

40

27

48

43

28

 

% fair

14

24

36

39

31

36

17

 

% poor

76

46

17

28

13

13

49

 

% very poor

6

7

2

5

2

2

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

1

4

5

N/A

9

7

3

0

% good

38

32

27

N/A

48

48

20

22

% fair

37

37

44

N/A

30

27

30

26

% poor

20

19

20

N/A

10

15

38

44

% very poor

3

7

2

N/A

2

3

8

6

 


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE

Hot, windy and dry conditions prevailed in the northeast during the past week, but there were quick and heavy showers in some areas. CD 8A received an average of 8 mm; 25 mm fell in the Porcupine Plain area. CD 8B and 9AE averaged 2.5 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week's report. Seventy-three per cent is reported as adequate and 26 per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 68 per cent adequate and 32 per cent short.

Thirty-nine per cent of the hay crop is cut, 33 per cent is baled or put into silage and 28 per cent remains standing.  Forty per cent of the hay is reported as good quality and 53 per cent is fair quality.

Pasture conditions have improved since June 30 and are rated as 46 per cent good, 44 per cent fair, eight per cent poor and two per cent very poor. Livestock water availability, at 99 per cent adequate, has remained relatively constant from one month ago.

Crop damage was mostly due to wheat midge again this week. Farmers are applying controls. There was hail reported in the Porcupine Plain area, causing 10 to 25 per cent crop damage. Bertha armyworm counts are low this year, so there is no real cause for concern. Wheat and barley are headed. Rain would be appreciated to fill crops.

 

NE SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

 

% good

57

78

69

70

74

72

100

 

% fair

34

14

28

25

24

27

0

 

% poor

9

7

2

2

2

0

0

 

% very poor

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

0

1

0

N/A

3

0

0

0

% good

71

56

65

N/A

78

62

69

0

% fair

25

33

25

N/A

17

32

21

0

% poor

3

7

10

N/A

2

5

6

0

% very poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

3

0

 


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B

It was hot and dry in the northwest during the past week. Temperatures reached to 31° to 32°C. CD 9AW averaged 5 mm of rain and CD 9B averaged 5 mm. The Turtleford area received 13 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions declined from last week. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 80 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and two per cent very short. The hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 65 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and three per cent very short.  

Haying operations are continuing. Thirty-three per cent of the hay is rolled up or put into silage, 30 per cent is cut and 37 per cent is still standing. Ten per cent of the hay crop is reported as excellent quality, 45 per cent good and 40 per cent fair.  

Pasture conditions have improved from one month ago. Conditions are rated as one per cent excellent, 41 per cent good, 47 per cent fair and nine per cent poor. Water availability is 95 per cent adequate and five per cent inadequate.

Crop damage was mostly due to wheat midge and grasshoppers. The recent rains and warm weather have advanced crops, but they are still two weeks behind in development. 

Peas and canola is blooming and barley is heading out. Warm weather is needed to advance crops. Farmers are busy haying, controlling insects and scouting fields. Rain is needed to help fill crops.

NW SK Crop Conditions - July 27, 2009

 

Winter
Wheat

Fall
Rye

Spring
Wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Triticale

 

% excellent

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

% good

82

81

76

0

73

74

100

 

% fair

17

17

21

0

26

24

0

 

% poor

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

 

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Sunflower

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

% excellent

0

0

0

N/A

6

0

0

0

% good

92

58

100

N/A

79

90

0

0

% fair

7

34

0

N/A

14

7

0

0

% poor

0

5

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

% very poor

0

2

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

 


 



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