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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Less than one per cent of the 2009 crop had been seeded. Snow disrupted seeding progress.

Saskatchewan farmers have begun seeding.  One per cent of the 2010 crop is in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.

Seeding has progressed the most in the southwestern and southeastern regions, where four and one per cent respectively, of the seeding is complete.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as six per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and three per cent very short.  As a result of the last couple of weeks' rain, more than 50 per cent of the land in the northeastern region has surplus moisture.  In the southwestern and west-central areas, more than 20 per cent of the land is short or very short of moisture.

Rain showers rolled through most of the province during the past week.

Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 33 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and six per cent very poor.  Eighty-nine per cent of livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their livestock, while 11 per cent are short of water for their animals.

Farmers and ranchers are busy applying fertilizer, picking rocks, cleaning seed, controlling weeds and gophers, calving and readying machinery for seeding.


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

The region has approximately one per cent of the 2010 crop in the ground. Crop districts 1A and 3ASE have five and three per cent seeded. Peas, cereals and some canola are being seeded. Spotty showers during the week dropped an average of 6 mm of rain. The Grenfell area recorded 18 mm; the Gainsborough, Alameda and Kennedy areas received 10 mm. Farmers in the southern regions had snow on April 25 and 26, but it melted quickly.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved since last week. Topsoil moisture on cropland is two per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and two per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 79 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short. CD 1A is shorter on in topsoil moisture than other districts in the region.  

Pasture conditions going into May are four per cent excellent, 53 per cent good, 30 per cent fair, 11 per cent poor and two per cent very poor. CDs 1A and 1B have higher percentages in the fair and poor rating compared to the other crop districts in the region.

Most of the region has a good supply of livestock water: 96 per cent of livestock producers indicate they have an adequate supply and four per cent indicate an inadequate supply.

Farmers are busy with pre-seeding field work, calving and fixing fences. With the recent moisture and warm weather, fields and pastures are starting to green up. Pre-seeding weed control was interrupted by showers and below-zero temperatures at night.


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

Four per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwestern region. CDs 3ASW, 3AN, 4A and 4B are reporting one, two, three and nine per cent of seeding is complete, respectively. It is primarily pulses and wheat that are being seeded. CDs 3BS and 3BN have four per cent of the crop in the ground. Spotty showers across the region resulted in 4 mm of moisture, on average. The Liseux area received 15 mm, Rush Lake and Stewart Valley recorded 12 mm.   

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved on cropland since last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 72 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are 60 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and six per cent very short. Pasture conditions in the region are one per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 12 per cent poor and five per cent very poor. CDs 3BN and 4A are reporting 25 per cent of pastures are in poor condition. Eighty-one per cent of the region's livestock producers have an adequate livestock water supply and 19 per cent have an inadequate water supply.

Most farmers are ready to begin seeding once the current weather system passes. The recent rain and warm weather has pastures greening up. Farmers in the irrigation districts are fertilizing hay land. A cooler week has made pre-seeding weed control difficult for some. Livestock producers are busy calving and preparing to move cattle out to pasture.


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

Farmers in the region have just started seeding. CD 5A has one per cent of the crop in the ground. A few farmers in CDs 5B and 6A have started seeding as well. Peas and cereals are going in. Moisture fell on most of the region, with CD 5A averaging 9 mm, CD 5B 17 mm and CD 6A 3 mm.  The Neudorf area received 26 mm, the Foam Lake area 27 mm and the Leroy area 11 mm.

The past couple of weeks' rain has left some areas in the region with surplus topsoil moisture. Ratings for cropland are 18 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Pasture and hay land ratings are 10 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Due to the moisture, pasture conditions going into May are rated fairly well compared to the other regions. Eleven per cent of the pastures are rated as excellent, 46 per cent good, 24 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and six per cent very poor. Livestock water availability is recorded as 97 per cent adequate and three per cent inadequate.

Farmers are busy applying fertilizer and getting seeding equipment ready to hit the fields. Livestock producers are calving and fixing fences. Some fields are too wet for field work, but should dry up in the next week or so. Pasture and hay land seems to be greening up faster than last year at this time. There is adequate availability of crop inputs. 


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

Crop reporters are indicating a few farmers have begun seeding in the Elbow, Conquest, Rosetown, Brock and Marengo areas. The region received 4 mm of moisture on average. The Hanley and Luseland areas received 13 and 10 mm, respectively.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are 74 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and four per cent very short. Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 70 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and four per cent very short. CD 7A is 12 and 20 per cent very short on topsoil moisture for cropland and hay land and pasture, respectively.

Pasture conditions in the region are three per cent excellent, 31 per cent good, 42 per cent fair, 16 per cent poor and seven per cent very poor. The recent moisture has helped pasture conditions; however, due to very dry conditions in previous years, more moisture is needed to raise pasture conditions to a fair or good rating. Livestock water supplies are 66 per cent adequate and 34 per cent inadequate.

There are some local shortages of weed control products and inoculants. 

The cooler weather has disrupted pre-seeding weed control. Farmers are preparing for seeding, applying fertilizer, cleaning seed, moving grain, calving and hauling cattle to pasture.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

With the exception of a few farmers in the Vonda area, most of the region's farmers have not placed any seed in the ground. The region received an average of 9 mm of moisture. The Star City and Tisdale areas received 18 mm, Lake Lenore and Humboldt areas 9 mm and the Garrick area 14 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved since last week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 57 per cent surplus, 42 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture is 51 per cent surplus, 47 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Pasture conditions are reported as 11 per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 14 per cent fair, 15 per cent poor and 17 per cent very poor. Ninety- nine per cent of livestock producers have  adequate water supplies for cattle.

Farmers are calving, readying machinery and cleaning grain. Most field work has yet to begin. Farmers in the region need some warm and dry weather for fields to be ready for seeding. A few  farmers in the Alvena area were combining last year's crop.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

A few farmers are beginning to seed in the Spiritwood and Turtleford areas. The region received an average of 11 mm of moisture. The Spiritwood area received 24 mm, the Barthel and Rapid View areas received 23 mm, while the Glaslyn area received 11 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions have improved for the region. Cropland conditions are one per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short. Pasture and hay land conditions are 79 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and one per cent very short. Pasture conditions are rated as 35 per cent good, 49 per cent fair and 16 per cent poor. Ninety-one per cent of the region's livestock producers have adequate water for their animals.  

Farmers are busy readying equipment, calving, cleaning seed and applying fertilizer. Pastures are responding to the warm weather and moisture, however they were grazed fairly hard last year in areas. Most crops left out over the winter have been combined.


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