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Five per cent of the 2010 crop had been seeded. Rain and snow passed through most of the province, disrupting seeding operations.  

 

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 9/11

5

5 year avg. (2006-2010)

14

May 10/10

5

May 11/09

23

May 11/08

25

May 6/07

10

May 7/06

9

   

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.

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/.

Five per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The five year (2006-2010) average for this time of year is approximately 14 per cent seeded.

The southwest is reporting 13 per cent seeded and the southeastern and west-central regions are reporting five per cent seeded.  One per cent of the crop is seeded in the east-central, northeastern and northwestern regions.  The majority of Saskatchewan producers got a late start to field work due to excess moisture.  Most areas reported rain last week that stopped seeding for a couple days to a week. Producers in many areas in the southeastern and east-central regions cannot access their land due to excess moisture.

The majority of crop reporters are indicating that fields are still very wet.  Cropland topsoil moisture across the province is rated as 55 per cent surplus and 45 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 40 per cent surplus, 59 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Farmers are busy calving, hauling cattle to pasture, controlling weeds and seeding.

 


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

Southeast Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

5

May 10, 2010

6

May 11, 2009

15

May 11, 2008

46

May 6, 2007

16

May 7, 2006

8

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

18

The region reported more moisture again this week, delaying the start to seeding operations in many areas. There is some seeding going on in the lighter soils zones and where significant rain was not recorded. One per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded. Crop District (CD) 1A has reported that some producers are seeding, CD 1B has reported no seeding. CD 2A has one per cent of the seed in the ground and CDs 2B and 3ASE have 13 and 12 per cent of the crop seeded, respectively.

The southwest is reporting 13 per cent seeded and the southeastern and west-central regions are reporting five per cent seeded.  One per cent of the crop is seeded in the east-central, northeastern and northwestern regions.  The majority of Saskatchewan producers got a late start to field work due to excess moisture.  Most areas reported rain last week that will further delay seeding.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 74 per cent surplus and 26 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 69 per cent surplus and 31 per cent adequate.

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

 


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

Southwest Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

13

May 10, 2010

7

May 11, 2009

43

May 11, 2008

39

May 6, 2007

22

May 7, 2006

27

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

28

Thirteen per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded in the region. Crop District (CD) 3 ASW has six per cent seeded, CD 3AN 11 per cent, CD 3BS four per cent, CD 3BN 28 per cent, CD 4A two per cent and CD 4B has 10 per cent seeded. Reporters have indicated there are a few areas in which seeding is 40 to 50 per cent complete. Most producers were able to get into the fields to do some pre-seeding work.  There are other areas where seeding and field work is still delayed by one week. Moisture conditions vary from field to field. Some areas have good seeding conditions, while other areas are still too wet. 

The region received rain showers during the last few days, shutting down seeding operations for a time in some areas. The Big Beaver area received 22 mm of rain, the Gravelbourg area 12 mm, the Shaunavon area 31 mm, the Admiral area 26 mm, the Kyle area 25 mm, the Gull Lake area 24 mm and the Richmound area 17 mm.   Access to fields is difficult in some areas due to impassable roads.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 38 per cent surplus and 62 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent surplus and 72 per cent adequate. Road access to fields is still an issue in some areas.

Pastures are starting to green up. Farmers are busy calving, hauling cattle to pasture, cleaning seed, preparing machinery and seeding.

  


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

East-central Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

1

May 10, 2010

3

May 11, 2009

9

May 11, 2008

18

May 6, 2007

4

May 7, 2006

2

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

7

One per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded. Crop districts (CD) 5A and 5B have less than one per cent seeded. Crop district 6A has three per cent seeded. Crop reporters in a few areas of CD 6A have indicated that 10 per cent of the crop is in the ground.  Fields are wet in this region, but are able to support machinery for the most part.

The majority of farmers have yet to begin seeding due to excess moisture. Crop reporters are indicating severe flooding in areas which has damaged roads and culverts, and flooded farm yards. Field work and seeding is expected to be delayed for at least another two to three weeks in crop districts 5A and 5B. Some crop reporters have indicated they can get out into the fields to pick rocks and control weeds. There are reports of livestock producers losing a significant number of calves in the snow storm of April 29-30. In some areas, large areas of land are not expected to be seeded this year.   Rain was recorded in most areas ranging from one mm to 20 mm, halting seeding for a day or so in some areas. The Raymore area received 15 mm, the Kuroki area 20 mm, the Elfros area 19 mm, the Allan area 10 mm and the Bethune area 9 mm. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 64 per cent surplus and 36 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 52 per cent surplus, 46 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Many pastures and fields are flooded or inaccessible due to washed out roads. The RMs are busy trying to fix roads.

Farmers are busy calving, controlling weeds, preparing machinery, seeding and trying to deal with the water.

 


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

West-central Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

5

May 10, 2010

4

May 11, 2009

32

May 11, 2008

9

May 6, 2007

9

May 7, 2006

4

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

13

Five per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded in the region. Crop District (CD) 6B is reporting four per cent is seeded, while CDs 7A and 7B have five per cent seeded. Peas, canola and wheat are being seeded. In some areas, up to 10 per cent of the crop has been seeded. Given the wet conditions, producers have tow ropes and four-wheel-drive tractors ready for pulling out stuck equipment. The RMs are busy trying to maintain roads. Many roads are cut or washed out. Seeding should be in full gear within the coming week.

Rain rolled through the region last week, dropping up to 41 mm of precipitation and delaying seeding in some areas. The Conquest area received 20 mm of precipitation, the Dinsmore area 41 mm, the Smiley area 24 mm, the Rosetown area 11 mm, the Biggar area 13 mm and the Battleford area 8 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 40 per cent surplus and 60 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 22 per cent surplus and 78 per cent adequate.

 

Farmers are busy calving, controlling weeds, seeding and hauling cattle to pasture.

 


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Northeastern Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

1

May 10, 2010

0

May 11, 2009

18

May 11, 2008

14

May 6, 2007

1

May 7, 2006

1

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

7

One per cent of the crop has been seeded in the region, although in some areas, up to five per cent has been planted. Fields started to dry out during the last week due to fairly warm and windy conditions; however, the region did receive between 2 mm to 20 mm of rain.  The Nipawin area recorded 13 mm, the Tisdale area 20 mm, the Alvena area 18 mm, the Humboldt area 3 mm and the Prince Albert area 10 mm.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 61 per cent surplus and 33 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 47 per cent surplus and 53 per cent adequate.

 

It is very challenging getting machinery, seed and fertilizer to the field as many roads are soft, flooded or washed out. Producers are cultivating and harrowing in an attempt to dry out the soil. Those producers who are able to get out into the field are getting stuck numerous times. Some pastures are flooded or inaccessible.

 

Farmers are calving, readying machinery, doing some pre-seeding field work and starting to seed.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Northwestern Saskatchewan
% Seeded

May 9, 2011

1

May 10, 2010

11

May 11, 2009

18

May 11, 2008

7

May 6, 2007

3

May 7, 2006

3

Five-year average
(2006-2010)

9

One per cent of the seed is in the ground. Crop District 9AW has one per cent seeded and CD 9B has eight per cent seeded. Peas, wheat and canola are being seeded. General field work, such as picking rocks, harrowing and controlling weeds, has started. Field access is challenging as roads are soft and impassable in some areas. Strong winds and sunny conditions have helped to dry the fields.

Rain showers rolled through the region, with the most rain recorded in CD 9AW. The Debden area received 24 mm, the Duck Lake area 18 mm, the Glaslyn area 2 mm, the Dorintosh area 5 mm and the Meadow Lake area 9 mm.

Cropland top soil moisture is reported as 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

 

Pastures are starting to green up. Farmers are busy readying equipment, calving, doing some pre-seeding field work and seeding.  

 


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