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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 16/11

23

5 year avg. (2006-2010)

44

May 17/10

28

May 18/09

47

May 18/08

56

May 20/07

64

May 14/06

25

One year ago

Twenty-eight per cent of the 2010 crop had been seeded. Due to warm and sunny weather, most producers were back to seeding after a couple of weeks of rain and snow.

Twenty-three 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 44 per cent seeded.

Significant seeding progress was made in western regions during the past week.  Producers in the eastern regions are just starting to get into their fields.

The southeast is reporting eight per cent seeded, the southwest 36 per cent, the east-central 11 per cent, the west-central 30 per cent, the northeast 14 per cent and the northwest 41 per cent.

Across the province, 46 per cent of the field peas, 35 per cent of the lentils, 28 per cent of the durum, 22 per cent of the spring wheat and 20 per cent of the canola has been seeded.

Many crop reporters are indicating that fields are very wet, especially in the eastern regions of the province.  Cropland topsoil moisture across the province is rated as 36 per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate and two per cent dry.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

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


 

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

Southeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% seeded
(May 16, 2011)

1A

4

1B

3

2A

3

2B

16

3ASE

13

Region average

8

five-year average
(2006-2010)

47

The region reported more rain earlier this week, with some areas receiving up to 50 mm. Although some producers were able to start seeding this past week due a break in the rain, the majority of the producers in the region continue to be delayed. Those who are able to get onto the land are getting stuck. Access to fields is a major issue as roads are washed out, flooded or very soft. Crop reporters have indicated a few farmers are trying alternative seeding methods such as broadcast and harrow. Eight per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded. Producers in crop districts (CD) 2B and 3ASE are the most advanced in the region, with 16 and 13 per cent seeded, respectively. Producers in CDs 1A, 1B and 2A have just started seeding. Seventeen per cent of the lentils, 11 per cent of the canola, eight per cent of the durum and seven per cent of the peas have been seeded.

Field work and seeding has yet to start in some areas. Farm yards, corrals and livestock wintering grounds are still completely or partially flooded, causing difficulties in feeding cattle and maneuvering equipment. Rural municipalities are busy repairing roads that were cut or washed out. The region received a significant amount of snow during the winter, and some areas received as a significant amount of wet snow and rain this spring as well, which has prevented most field work to date. Pastures are flooded in many areas. Some fields in crop districts 2B and 3ASE can be seeded as they were missed by the heavier rains that fell further east.

The Tantallon and Whitewood areas received 50 mm of rain, the Frobisher, Broadview and Radville areas received 42, the Weyburn area 49 mm and the Indian Head area 25 mm. Some reporters have recorded up to 165 mm of precipitation since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland and hay land are rated as 66 per cent surplus and 34 per cent adequate.

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

 


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

Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 16, 2011)

3ASW

18

3AN

35

3BS

31

3BN

59

4A

16

4B

36

region average

36

five-year average
(2006-2010)

62

Producers in the southwest made significant seeding progress this past week and have 36 per cent of the 2011 crop seeded. Fifty-six per cent of the field peas, 53 per cent of the lentils, 42 per cent of the canola, 36 per cent of the durum and 26 per cent of the spring wheat have been seeded. Early seeded crops are starting to emerge. Crop reporters have indicated there are some producers who have yet to start seeding due to very wet field conditions. High winds gusting up to 90 km per hour in some areas halted weed control operations for a couple days. 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. Moisture conditions vary from field to field. Some areas have good seeding conditions, while other areas are still too wet, and others could use a little rain shower.

Crop District 3ASW received rain, while the rest of the region received only trace amounts. The Big Beaver area reported 44 mm, the Bengough area 28 mm, the Assiniboia area 20 mm, the Spring Valley and Cadillac areas 4 mm. Access to fields is difficult in some areas due to impassable roads.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent surplus and 78 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and three per cent dry.

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

 


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

East-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 16, 2011)

5A

8

5B

3

6A

21

region average

11

five-year average
(2006-2010)

30

Producers in parts of the east-central region that did not receive rain made some seeding progress. Eleven per cent of the 2011 crop is seeded. Most of crop districts 5B and 6A missed the rain. Seeding progress varies among crop districts. CD 6A is furthest advanced, with 21 per cent seeded. Fields are wet in this region, but for the most part are able to support machinery. Thirty-four per cent of the field peas, 20 per cent of the lentils, 12 per cent of the canola and durum and seven per cent of the spring wheat have been seeded.

Crop District 5A received up to 43 mm of rain. The Stockholm area recorded 43 mm, the Langenburg and Kamsack areas 32 mm, the Jedburgh area 8 mm and the Dysart area 4 mm.

Some producers are looking at alternative seeding methods such as broadcast and harrow. Crop reporters are indicating severe flooding in areas, with damaged roads and culverts, and flooded farm yards. Some crop reporters have indicated they can get out onto the fields to pick rocks, control weeds and run a harrow through to try to dry out the land. Some producers have yet to start seeding. Strong winds helped to dry out the fields somewhat. Field access is an issue in some areas on the eastern side of the region due to washed out or flooded roads. In some areas, large sections of land are not expected to be seeded this year.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 43 per cent surplus and 57 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Many pastures and fields are flooded or inaccessible due to washed out roads. The RMs are busy fixing roads.

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

 


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

West-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 16, 2011)

6B

21

7A

26

7B

45

Region average

30

five-year average
(2006-2010)

47

Producers in the region made significant seeding progress this week, and now have 30 per cent of the crop in the ground. Sixty per cent of the field peas, 31 per cent of the lentils and spring wheat, 33 per cent of the canola, 25 per cent of the durum and 14 per cent of the barley have been seeded. The majority of the area received very little rain for the week. The RMs are busy fixing and maintaining roads, many of which are washed out or soft. Producers are keeping tow ropes and four-wheel-drive tractors close by to pull out seeding equipment. Some areas are still too wet to support equipment. The warm and windy weather over the past few days has helped dry out the land, although the high wind has halted weed control operations. Early seeded crops are starting to emerge.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 31 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 17 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.

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

 


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 16, 2011)

8A

10

8B

17

9AE

14

Region average

14

five-year average
(2006-2010)

29

Fourteen per cent of the crop has been seeded in the northeast, thanks to the warm and windy conditions. Twenty-five per cent of the field peas, 20 per cent of the spring wheat, 10 per cent of the canola and seven per cent of the oats have been seeded. The majority of producers were able to start seeding this week and most are able to get into the fields to do pre-seeding field work or seed. Fields are still very soft and many producers are getting stuck. Crop reporters are indicating some producers have 40 per cent of their crops seeded. Field access is still a concern as roads are flooded or very soft in some areas. Some pastures are flooded or inaccessible.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 34 per cent surplus and 66 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 29 per cent surplus and 71 per cent adequate.

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

  

 

 


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 16, 2011)

9AW

37

9B

45

Region average

41

five-year average
(2006-2010)

39

With no rain to slow seeding operations, producers in the region made significant progress over last week, and 41 per cent of the 2011 crop is now seeded. Seventy-five per cent of the field peas, 51 per cent of the spring wheat, 38 per cent of the canola, 16 per cent of the barley and eight per cent of the oats have been seeded. Some producers are expecting to finish seeding by the weekend. Seeding does not come without its challenges, however, as areas in fields are still quite wet and producers are getting stuck often. Strong winds have delayed weed control operations, but at the same time have helped to dry out the fields. Field access is challenging as roads are soft and impassable in some areas.

Cropland top soil moisture is reported as six per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short.

Pastures have been slow to green up, and many livestock producers are still feeding in the yard.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and calving.


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