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       Monday, October 23, 2017
One year ago
Twenty-three per cent of
the 2009 crop had been seeded.
Rain disrupted seeding
on May 12 and 13.
 
Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops
May 10/10 5
5 year avg.
(2005-2009)
24
May 11/09 23
May 11/08 25
May 13/07 31
May 14/06 25
May 8/05 16

Saskatchewan farmers have five per cent of the 2010 crop seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. The south west and south east regions have seven and six per cent of the crop seeded, respectively.

Rain and snow passed through most the province during the past week. Heavy rain and snow was reported in areas in the south west region. A few days of good drying weather is needed to get most farmers back in the field. Farmers in the north west region have been able to seed in some areas for the past week with no weather disruptions.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions remain relatively unchanged from last week.  On crop land, topsoil moisture is rated as 35 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, one per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and four per cent short. 

Farmers and ranchers are busy controlling weeds, applying fertilizer, seeding and calving.


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation

The deadline to seed all classes of chickpeas is May 21. This is also the deadline to seed camelina in the brown soil zone.  All producers should speak to their customer service office to determine seeding deadlines specific to their crop and area.

Producers who selected the Contract Price Option should provide all production contract information to Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation by May 31. Khorasan wheat contract information must also be submitted by this date.

For more information, contact your local customer service office, call 1-888-935-0000 or visit http://www.saskcropinsurance.com/.


SE Region
Crop District
% seeded
(May 10/10)
% seeded
(May 11/09)
1A 12 18
1B 8 11
2A 4 9
2B 2 21
3ASE 11 10

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

The region has approximately six per cent of the 2010 crop in the ground. Rain during most of the week dropped an average of 20 mm of moisture on the region.  The Pangman area received 43 mm, the Moosomin area 30 mm, the Odessa area 24 mm and the Manor area 14 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are 23 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and one per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate, two per cent short.  

The wet days and cold nights are slowing pre-seeding weed control. Some farmers were able to seed in between the rain. Wheat and barley seeded about 10 days ago has started to emerge. The recent weather has made working in the wet fields difficult.  Most expect to be in the fields in a few days if warm and sunny weather continues. 

Livestock producers are appreciating the moisture for the hay land and pasture, although keeping the calves dry and healthy has been a challenge this past week. Wood ticks are out.


SW Region
Crop District
% seeded
(May 10/10)
% seeded
(May 11/09)
3ASW 3 9
3AN 5 25
3BS 4 36
3BN 11 64
4A 4 40
4B 10 71

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

Seven per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwestern region. Rain across the region resulted in an average of 31 mm moisture. The Big Beaver area received 48 mm, Spring Valley 31 mm, Rush Lake 41 mm and Richmound 67 mm.  Heavy snow fell in the Cypress Hills and Eastend areas, leading to concerns about flooding of the towns of Maple Creek and Eastend.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus and 70 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are nine per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. 

Livestock producers are busy trying to keep calves healthy in the cold and wet weather. Farmers are anxious to get back into the fields. Most are expecting to be back at work in a couple days, if good drying weather occurs. There are a few crops that have been in the ground for two weeks. Canola has started to emerge in the Kyle area. The moisture is great for the pasture and hay land, and sun would be appreciated to get things growing.


EC Region
Crop District
% seeded
(May 10/10)
% seeded
(May 11/09)
5A 6 9
5B 1 8
6A 2 11

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

Farmers in the region have three per cent of the crop in the ground. An average of 20 mm of rain fell during the week. The Churchbridge area received 25 mm, the Elfros area 51 mm and the Bradwell area 32 mm. There was also snow.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 56 per cent surplus, 43 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 44 per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate and four per cent short. CD 5B is reporting 78 per cent surplus on cropland and 67 per cent surplus on hay land and pasture.

Several days of heat are needed before the fields and roads are passable again.  Farmers are anxious to get back in the field. Some have indicated a possible change in seeding plans due to the late seeding.


WC Region
Crop District
% seeded
(May 10/10)
% seeded
(May 11/09)
6B 3 25
7A 3 44
7B 6 27

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

Four per cent of the region's crop is in the ground.  The region received an average of 18 mm of moisture. The Conquest area received 25 mm, the Biggar area 24 mm and the Major area 34 mm. Most other areas recorded over 10 mm of moisture for the week.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve for the region.  The rain is helping to fill in the very dry areas in the fields.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, one per cent short. Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are rated as nine per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

The cool and wet weather has delayed field work. The moisture is great for hay land and pasture, and it will help fill dugouts, but the weather has disrupted pre-seeding weed control applications.  Some fields are starting to dry up enough for work to begin again. Most farmers predict a big increase in seeded acres next week, if the forecast holds.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Most of the region's farmers have yet to begin seeding. Crop reporters have indicated there are a few areas with up to five per cent seeded. Saturated soil has kept most farmers off the fields. The region received an average of 8 mm of moisture this past week, ranging between trace amounts to 27 mm. The Humboldt area received 27 mm, the Star City area 14 mm and the Prince Albert area recorded 11 mm for the week. The moisture is welcome for the hay land and pasture, although it has made getting cattle out to pasture a challenge.

There continues to be a surplus of topsoil moisture.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 78 per cent surplus and 22 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 62 per cent surplus and 38 per cent adequate.

Farmers in the region need some warm and dry weather. Crop reporters are indicating seeding will start this week, given the favourable forecast. In between the rain, farmers are trying to control weeds and apply fertilizer.  Farmers are anxious to get the seed in the ground.


NW Region
Crop District
% seeded
(May 10/10)
% seeded
(May 11/09)
9AW 9 13
9B 13 24

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Seeding continues in the region as weather permits. Eleven per cent of the 2010 crop has been seeded. Fields in some areas are still too wet to continue with field work.  Peas, canola and wheat are being seeded. The region received an average of 10 mm of moisture. The Spiritwood area received 25 mm and the Lloydminster area received 35 mm. A few areas in CD 9B recorded no rain for the week.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are one per cent surplus, 95 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Pasture and hay land conditions are 95 per cent adequate and five per cent short.  

Pre-seeding weed control may be limited due to freezing temperatures at night. Cattle are being put out to pasture; some have been given supplemental feed. Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, harrowing, applying fertilizer, calving and hauling cattle to pasture.


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