For the Period April 17 to 23, 2012
Warm and favourable weather has allowed some producers to start seeding, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.
Peas and lentils are being seeded in some southern areas; however, the majority of producers will be waiting a few more weeks for the soil to dry up before they can begin seeding. The east-central and southeastern regions have received the greatest amount of precipitation in the past week, up to 41 mm in some areas.
With a few exceptions, there is adequate topsoil moisture in the majority of crops districts. Crop reporters in some east-central areas are indicating a surplus of moisture and some areas in the west-central and northwest regions are short of topsoil moisture on cropland, hay land and pasture. Pasture conditions in most crop districts are good to excellent, and there is an adequate supply of water for livestock.
Farmers are busy seeding, calving and controlling weeds.
Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 1, 2, and 3ASE)
Crop reporters have indicated adequate to surplus cropland, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions. Significant rainfall received late last week has slowed down producers but seeding has begun in some areas. The Rocanville and Tantallon areas recorded the greatest amount of precipitation this past week at 18 mm and 24 mm, respectively. Tantallon has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation for the region since April 1 at 78 mm.
Pasture conditions are fair to good with most pastures in good condition. Livestock water availability is mostly adequate.
There have been reports of nitrogen fertilizer prices increasing in the face of tight supplies. There have also been reports of a shortage of pulse inoculants. Potholes and sloughs have dried up and crop reporters are indicating that seeding should be more normal this year.
Farmers are busy working fields, seeding, attending auctions and finishing calving.
Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 3ASW, 3AN, 3B and 4)
Seeding has begun in the southwestern region. Precipitation last week helped to recharge the soil but there are indications that additional moisture will be needed soon. The Eyebrow area has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation since April 17 (27 mm).
Crop reporters have indicated that the majority of cropland, hay land and pasture have adequate topsoil moisture.
Pasture conditions are reported as being good to excellent for most of the region. There is an adequate supply of drinking water for livestock.
There have been reports of increasing fertilizer prices and decreasing supply. The recent cool weather has slowed down field work but crop reporters are anticipating the majority of seeding to begin this week. Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, finishing calving and getting machinery ready.
East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 5 and 6a)
The region received a significant rainfall late last week, with the Goodeve area reporting the greatest amount of precipitation at 41 mm. This area has received 118 mm of precipitation since April 1. Field work and seeding in most areas has been delayed due to the excess moisture; there have been indications that a week of warm weather is needed before seeding can begin.
Cropland, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions for most of the area have been reported as adequate to surplus. Forty-nine per cent of the pastures are indicated to be in good condition while 27 per cent are indicated to be in fair condition. Livestock drinking water supplies are adequate.
Supplies of most inputs are adequate, although there have been reports of both nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer shortages and increasing prices. Farmers are busy cleaning grain, working on machinery and finishing calving.
West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B and 7)
Seeding has begun in the west-central region. Light showers last week have helped to recharge the topsoil but crop reporters have indicated that more moisture is needed in some areas. The Conquest area recorded the greatest amount of precipitation since April 17 (16 mm).
There is adequate topsoil moisture on the majority of the cropland, hay land and pasture, and pasture conditions are good to excellent. Ninety-four per cent of livestock producers have adequate supplies of drinking water for their animals. Four per cent of the acres will be unseeded due to excess moisture conditions.
Fertilizer prices have been reported to be increasing as the supply decreases. Warmer weather this week will be needed before the majority of producers will begin seeding. Farmers are busy harrowing, applying anhydrous ammonia, controlling weeds and working on equipment.
Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)
Trace amounts of precipitation have been recorded, with the Humboldt area receiving the greatest amount (10 mm) since April 17. Cropland, hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is adequate, and pasture conditions are rated as fair to good. Drinking water supplies for livestock are indicated to be adequate.
There are reports that a week of warmer weather is needed before field work and seeding can begin. There have also been reports of nitrogen fertilizer shortages. Farmers are busy calving, preparing machinery and attending auctions.
Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)
Light showers on April 20 have helped recharge the topsoil in many parts of the region, but conditions are still dry. Fifty-eight per cent of cropland is reported to have adequate topsoil moisture, while 37 per cent is short. Fifty per cent of the hay land and pasture has adequate topsoil moisture, while 38 per cent is short of moisture.
Most pastures are in good condition and livestock drinking water supplies are adequate.
More moisture and warmer weather is needed in many areas before seeding will begin. There have been reports of shortages in nitrogen fertilizer and seed oats. There have also been reports of fires in some areas due to dry conditions.
Farmers are busy calving, heavy harrowing and cleaning grain.