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       Monday, October 23, 2017

One year ago
One per cent of the 2010 crop had been seeded. The 10 year (2001-2010) provincial average for this time of year is just under two per cent seeded.  

There are a few localized areas in the province where producers have started field work, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.

However, due to the excess moisture, the majority of Saskatchewan's producers are at least two weeks away from seeding.  A few areas in the southwest, west-central and northwest have dried up enough for producers to start harrowing, picking rocks, applying fertilizer and controlling weeds.  There have been only a few reports of seeding to date.

The majority of crop reporters are indicating fields are still very wet.  Warm days with some wind will be needed before fields can support machinery.  Very little precipitation has been recorded in the province during the past two weeks, which has helped in getting producers closer to field operations. 

All crop reporters are indicating adequate livestock water availability.  Fifty-five per cent of the crop reporters have indicated excellent to good pasture conditions, while 45 per cent are reporting fair to very poor conditions.  Due to the late spring, growth in the pastures is slow.  In many areas both pasture and crop land are flooded or inaccessible.

Farmers are busy calving, cleaning seed, preparing machinery and checking fences.


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

Most of the region's crop reporters have indicated seeding will be at least two weeks away. There has been very little field activity to date. The recent warm and windy weather has helped the saturated soil conditions. The water is starting to recede and infiltrate in most areas. The majority of snow has melted, with the exception of shelterbelts and north-facing slopes. Rural municipalities are busy repairing roads that were cut or washed out. Very little precipitation was recorded in the region. The Carnduff and Pense areas reported six and four mm, respectively.

Due to the late spring, pastures are slow to start with spring growth. Some pastures are flooded or inaccessible. Fifty-seven per cent of the crop reporters have indicated pastures are in excellent to good condition. Forty-three per cent have rated pasture condition in fair to very poor condition.

Crop reporters have indicated that many farmers are undecided on seeding intentions due to the wet field conditions. By this time of year, many producers are normally in the fields putting down fertilizer or controlling weeds.

Farmers are busy calving, cleaning seed, preparing machinery and fixing fences.


 

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

Some producers have been able to get into the fields to do some pre-seeding field work. Some are anticipating getting in to the fields by next week, while others are predicting it will be two weeks before the ground will support machinery. Spring runoff is ongoing. Snow and large bodies of water are present in some fields. There have been no reports of seeding to date, although a few reporters are hoping to start by the weekend.

Warm weather is needed to dry fields and get pastures growing. Sixty-six of the reporters are indicating pastures are in excellent to good condition, while 34 per cent are reporting fair to poor pasture conditions. Very little rain was reported in the region. The Shaunavon area recorded six mm and the Vanguard area recorded five mm. There are reports of some seed treatments being in short supply.

Farmers are busy calving, branding, hauling cattle to pasture, cleaning seed, preparing machinery and fixing fences.


 

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

Snow melt and spring runoff is occurring with the warmer weather of the last few days. Crop reporters are indicating severe flooding in areas, damaged roads and culverts and farm yards under water. Seeding is expected to be delayed for at least another two to three weeks in crop districts 5A and 5B. In Crop District 6A, conditions are a little drier in areas as water is receding, and some producers have just started pre-seeding field work. The Kelliher and Bethune areas reported five and three mm of rain for the week.

Thirty-three per cent of crop reporters have rated pasture conditions as excellent to good. Forty-five per cent rated pasture conditions as fair to poor and 22 per cent have rated conditions as very poor. Many pastures are flooded or inaccessible.

Farmers are busy calving, cleaning seed, preparing machinery and fixing fences.


 

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

A few producers were able to get onto the land to do some pre-seeding field work. Others are anticipating field work will start next week. Seeding operations are one to two weeks away.

Seventy-eight per cent of crop reporters are indicating pastures are in excellent to good condition, while 22 per cent of crop reporters rated pastures in fair to poor condition. There is adequate moisture for the pastures but heat is needed to get them growing.

The region recorded only trace amounts of precipitation in a few areas.

Dugouts are full and creeks are at holding capacity. There has been some localized flooding of roads and fields.

Farmers are busy calving, cleaning seed, hauling grain and working on machinery.


 

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Fields are very wet and field work has yet to start. Fields have started to dry during the past few days. Most crop reporters are indicating it will be at least one to two weeks before they can get into the fields. Most of the snow is gone except for in the trees and along fences lines. Many roads are flooded or washed out. There was a power outage in the Vonda area due to power poles falling over. The Codette area reported three mm of rain.

Twenty-six per cent of crop reporters are indicating pastures are in excellent to good condition, seventy-four per cent have indicated pastures are in the fair to very poor rating. Many pastures are slow to start due to the cool spring. Some pastures are flooded or inaccessible.

Farmers are calving, readying machinery and cleaning grain.


 

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Pre-seeding field work has started in some areas of the region. Seeding operations are predicted to start in about two weeks. Fields are still quite wet, but the warm weather during the past week has started to dry the fields. Only a few areas recorded trace amounts of precipitation.

Pastures are slow to start, but should be in good condition once it warms up.

Sixty-two per cent of crop reporters are indicating pastures are in excellent to good condition, while 38 per cent are rating pastures in fair to very poor condition.

Farmers are busy readying equipment, calving, moving grain and cleaning seed.


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