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       Friday, October 20, 2017

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Excess moisture delayed seeding on the eastern side of the province.

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Rainfall and cool weather in some parts of the province last week has halted field work and pushed back the start of seeding.  The east-central and southeastern regions received the greatest amount of precipitation, with some areas recording between 20 and 42 mm since April 10.  Many of these areas are experiencing very wet field conditions.

Most crop districts are reporting that the majority of crop land has adequate topsoil moisture; however, there are many acres of crop land around Yorkton with surplus topsoil moisture.

A majority of crop districts are reporting adequate hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions, with some areas in a surplus situation.

In most crop districts, livestock producers have adequate or surplus supplies of livestock feed.

Farmers are busy calving, cleaning grain, applying pre-emergent soil herbicides and working the fields.


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

Most crop reporters are indicating adequate cropland, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions.  Some regions had a significant rainfall on April 13 that has pushed back fieldwork and seeding due to very wet fields.  The Rocanville area reported the greatest amount of precipitation at 42 mm.

Sixty-two per cent of the crop reporters are indicating adequate forage supplies, and seventy-one per cent are indicating adequate feed grain supplies.

There have been reports of fertilizer shortages and increasing prices.  There are also reports of farmers planning to begin seeding next week (April 23).  Farmers are busy checking equipment, cleaning grain, picking rocks and starting pre-seeding fieldwork.


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

Seventy-nine per cent of crop reporters are reporting adequate cropland topsoil moisture conditions, while sixty-two per cent are reporting adequate hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions.  The Consul area received the greatest amount of precipitation (3.8 mm), while the rest of the southwestern region received only trace amounts.  The majority of crop reporters are indicating that moisture is needed to recharge the topsoil.

Most of the crop reporters are reporting adequate supplies of forage and feed grain.  There are areas around Swift Current that have a significant amount of feed left over from the winter.

There have been reports of seeding beginning in some areas, although the recent cooler weather has slowed it down.  There are indications that producers in the majority of the region will begin seeding next week.

Farmers are calving, picking rocks, preparing fields for seeding and working water runs.


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

The region received a significant rainfall on April 13, with the Saltcoats and Goodeve areas reporting the greatest amount of precipitation at 21 mm and 20 mm, respectively.  Most crop reporters have indicated that it will be another 10 to 14 days before any fieldwork can begin due to the excess moisture.

Fifty-nine per cent of crop reporters are indicating adequate cropland topsoil moisture conditions, and sixty-three per cent are reporting adequate hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions.

Most crop reporters are reporting adequate forage and feed grain supplies, with some areas having a large carryover.

There have been reports of increasing urea prices, although most fertilizer and input supplies are sufficient.  Farmers are attending auctions, working on equipment, hauling grain and calving.


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

Trace amounts of precipitation were reported and most crop reporters have indicated that moisture and warm weather are needed before seeding can begin.  Sixty-three per cent of crop reporters are reporting adequate cropland topsoil moisture conditions, while only fifty-one per cent are indicating adequate hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions.

Most crop reporters have indicated that forage and feed grain supplies are adequate.  There have been reports of pea seed and fertilizer shortages and increases in urea prices.  Farmers are calving, getting fields ready for seeding and hauling grain.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Most of the region received significant rainfall over the weekend, with the Nipawin area recording 22 mm.  The area has received 90 mm of precipitation since April 1.  Eighty-one per cent of the crop reporters have indicated adequate cropland topsoil moisture conditions; eighty-eight per cent have reported adequate hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions.

The majority of crop reporters have reported that forage and feed grain supplies are adequate with some carryover.  The supply of inputs and seed is adequate and the cool, wet weather has delayed fieldwork.  Farmers are getting equipment ready, cleaning grain and calving.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The majority of the region received trace amounts of precipitation, with the Turtleford area reporting 10 mm of rainfall this past week.  Most of the area is experiencing a shortage of both cropland and hay land and pasture topsoil moisture.  Crop reporters have indicated that moisture and warmer weather is needed before seeding time.

Very little fieldwork has been completed to date, but crop reporters are indicating that some fieldwork and seeding will begin in the coming week.  There have been reports of canola, pea, barley and oat seed shortages.  Farmers are busy calving, getting equipment ready and harrowing.


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