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       Friday, October 20, 2017

One year ago
Forty-seven per cent of the 2009 crop had been seeded. Soils were very slow to warm due to cool temperatures

 

Seeding Progress in SK

Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 17/10

28

5 year avg.
(2005-2009)

56 

May 18/09

47

May 18/08

56

May 20/07

64

May 21/06

64

May 15/05

47

 

Saskatchewan farmers have 28 per cent of the 2010 crop seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. The five year average for this time of year is 60 per cent complete. A week of warm and sunny weather for most of the province has allowed some fields to dry. As a result, many producers are back to seeding and weed control.

The northwestern region has 52 per cent of seeding complete, northeastern has 10 per cent, west- central has 32 per cent, east-central has 13 per cent, southwestern has 38 per cent and the southeastern region has 29 per cent of the 2010 crop in the ground.

Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 14 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as four per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.  Areas in the northeastern and east-central regions are reporting fields are still very wet.

Crops are emerging. The recent moisture has helped the hay fields and pasture conditions. 

Farmers and ranchers are busy controlling weeds, applying fertilizer, seeding and hauling cattle to pasture.

  

 

 


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

SE region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 10/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

1A

43

12

33

1B

31

8

29

2A

25

4

34

2B

18

2

50

3ASE

37

11

36

The region has approximately 29 per cent of the 2010 crop in the ground. A clear and warm week allowed many to make progress in the fields. Most areas received no rain during the week, except for Lampman and Indian Head (1 mm), Kisbey (7 mm), Moosomin (4 mm) and Rocanville (16 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as10 per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and four per cent short. On hay and pasture land, topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate, and five per cent short.

The past week was warm, clear and calm, allowing for seeding and weed control equipment to get back into the fields. Although most are reporting that fields are still fairly wet. There are quite a few sloughs to go around, which is making the night shift on the seeding equipment difficult. The early seeded crops are now emerging. Hay field and pasture growth look good.


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

SW Region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 10/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

3ASW

28

3

43

3AN

22

5

53

3BS

29

4

64

3BN

56

11

79

4A

31

4

62

4B

49

10

93

Thirty-eight per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwestern region. The past week has allowed farmers to make up for lost time in the field. Wet low spots are difficult to see in the stubble, causing some units to get stuck. There are few farmers in CD 3BS who have finished seeding. Most areas reported no rainfall. A few areas had spotty showers amounting to one or two millimeters. The Rush Lake area received 3 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 93 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Livestock producers are busy hauling cattle to pasture. Gophers and their young are being noticed. Early seeded crops seem to be emerging evenly. The hay crop and pastures are benefiting from the recent moisture and the heat has resulted in good growth. Weed control is in full swing as the days have been calm.


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

EC Region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 10/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

5A

19

6

16

5B

5

1

28

6A

14

2

30

Farmers in the region have 13 per cent of the crop in the ground. Most areas did not receive any precipitation. The following areas recorded moisture: Churchbridge- 2.5m Langenburg - 2 mm, Foam Lake- 3 mm, Stenen - 4 mm and Lintlaw - 20 mm. The warm and sunny weather has helped to gain access to some fields and, although slow, progress is being made. Farmers are trying to seed fields that have lighter soil first, while waiting to get onto the heavy soil fields that are currently wet. Reports from CD 5B indicate fields are very wet and farmers are attempting to dry them out by harrowing the stubble. Cable and tow ropes are in high demand. Wet field conditions only allow for day time operation of seeding equipment.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 35 per cent surplus and 65 per cent adequate. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and four per cent short. CD 5B is reporting 53 per cent surplus on cropland and 38 per cent surplus on hay and pasture land.


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

WC Region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 10/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

6B

27

3

42

7A

33

3

79

7B

38

6

70

Thirty-two per cent of the region's crop is in the ground. The region reported no rain over the past week allowing for good seeding progress. With the recent rain and heat, forage on pasture and hay land are looking good. Weed control is in full swing since the days have been nice and the weeds are flourishing. Crops which were seeded two and three weeks ago are emerging. Other than a few sloughs, farmers are appreciating the moisture received and are seeding into moist soil. Most cattle are out in pasture.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 98 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 93 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

NE Region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

8A

15

55

8B

8

36

9AE

4

30

The region has 10 per cent of the seed in the ground for 2010. Many of the region's farmers have yet to begin seeding, although field work is occurring. The weather over the past week has been favorable for the most part with only trace amounts of moisture being received in some areas.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to be in a surplus situation, although the sunny, warm weather has helped to decrease the surplus moisture in the fields. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus and 70 per cent adequate. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus and 97 per cent adequate.

Farmers in the region need the warm and dry weather to continue. There are a few areas that have missed the big moisture events and have been seeding for a couple of weeks now.

Pre-seeding field work is occurring, including weed control, fertilizer and harrowing. The pasture and hay fields look great.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

NW Region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 17/10)

% seeded
(May 10/10)

% seeded
(May 18/09)

9AW

53

9

42

9B

52

13

47

The northwestern region is leading the province in seeding progress with 52 per cent of the 2010 crop in the ground. The region did not receive any moisture with the exception of the Leask area (2 mm) and the Barthel area (1 mm). Seeding is in full swing. Livestock producers are busy hauling cattle out to pasture. Crops are emerging. There are some areas that would appreciate a little moisture as they are drying up during the warm and windy days. Seeding progress has been steady for three weeks. Some farmers are expecting to finish up in a week or so if the weather co-operates.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are one per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Pasture and hay land conditions are 83 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and one per cent very short.


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