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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One year ago
One per cent of the 2011 crop had been seeded.  Seeding was delayed in much of the province due to excess moisture.

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 7/12

5

5 year avg. (2007-2011)

4

May 2/11

1

May 6/10

2

May 4/09

4

May 4/08

4

May 6/07

10

Five per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is approximately four per cent seeded.

Thirteen per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest, five per cent in the southeast, four per cent in the northwest, two per cent in the east-central area, two per cent in the west-central area and one per cent in the northeast.

Most of the province received significant rainfall during the past week that has further delayed seeding.  This week's precipitation has ranged from trace amounts in the northwestern region to more than 100 mm in west-central areas, causing seeding delays.  Fieldwork has also been delayed in the east-central and southeastern regions of the province due to wet field conditions.

Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 35 per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 23 per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, two per cent short and one per cent very short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle to pasture and trying to seed.


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

Five per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded in the southeastern region.  At this point, crop reporters are indicating that nine per cent of the acres will not be seeded this spring due to excess moisture. 

Significant rainfall during the week has delayed any further seeding operations.  The Pense and Rocanville areas recorded the greatest amount of precipitation at 77 mm and 76 mm, respectively.  The Vibank area received 64 mm, the Lampman area 55 mm, the Radville area 45 mm, the Moose Jaw area 39 mm and the Ceylon area 22 mm.  The Tantallon and Indian Head areas have recorded the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 (148 mm and 135 mm, respectively).  Crop reporters have indicated that warm and dry conditions are needed in the coming weeks as many fields are saturated and may remain unseeded again this year. 

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 62 per cent surplus, 37 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  CDs 1A, 1B and 2A are reporting surplus topsoil moisture at 88 per cent, 90 per cent and 80 per cent, respectively.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 41 per cent surplus and 59 per cent adequate. 

There are reports of localized flooding in winter wheat fields, in pastures and on access roads.  Weeds need to be controlled in winter cereal fields, but the excess moisture has delayed spraying.  Hail was reported throughout the week in the Vibank, Moosomin and Indian Head areas.    

Farmers are busy pre-working fields, spraying weeds, moving cattle to pasture and seeding.


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

Thirteen per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded in the southwestern region.  CDs 3BS, 4A and 4B are the furthest advanced in seeding, at 18, 34 and 27 per cent, respectively.  At this point, crop reporters are indicating that two per cent of the acres will not be seeded due to excess moisture.

The region recorded varying amounts of precipitation over the weekend that has halted seeding operations.  The Central Butte area received 76 mm, the Kyle area 64 mm, the Bengough area 55 mm, the Ponteix area 28 mm, the Gull Lake area 26 mm and the Maple Creek area received 20 mm.  The Cadillac area has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 (134 mm). 

Crop reporters have indicated that the majority of the cropland, hay land and pasture have adequate topsoil moisture.  CD 3AN has the largest amount of cropland with surplus moisture (37 per cent).

Rainfall has delayed seeding in most of the region, although there are reports that producers in the southern area of the region are back in the field.  There are also reports of early seeded peas and wheat emerging.  Gull Lake received a light frost Sunday night, while the Cypress Hill area received two to three inches of snow.            

Farmers are busy seeding, calving, controlling weeds and picking rocks. 


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

Farmers in the east-central region have two per cent of the crop in the ground.  Significant rainfall over the weekend has halted fieldwork and seeding operations.  At this time, eight per cent of the cropland is not expected to be seeded due to excess moisture problems. 

The east-central region received varying amounts of precipitation over the past week.  The Bradwell area has recorded the greatest amount of rain (72 mm).  The Elfros area received 65 mm of rain, the Leroy area 56 mm, the Goodeve area 50 mm, the Quill Lake area 48 mm and the Raymore area 22 mm.  The Goodeve and Elfros areas are virtually tied in having received the most precipitation since April 1 (178 mm and 173 mm, respectively).

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 54 per cent surplus and 46 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 50 percent surplus and 50 per cent adequate. 

There are indications that some farmers are planning to use alternative seeding methods such as airplanes and spreaders due to the excess moisture.  Some fields that were flooded last year are reported to be in worse condition this year due to last week's rainfall.  There are reports of expanding sloughs washing out roads.

Farmers are busy heavy harrowing, picking rocks, controlling weeds and seeding.


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

Farmers in the region have two per cent of the crop in the ground.  Seeding has been delayed due to a significant rainfall throughout the region last week.  There is some localized field flooding that will need time to dry up before seeding can begin.  At this time, four per cent of the cropland is not expected to be seeded due to excess moisture.

Significant rainfall over the past week has helped to recharge dry soil in much of the region.  The Outlook area received 100 mm of precipitation over the past week, raising the total amount of precipitation it has received since April 1 to 143 mm.  The Hanley area received 76 mm of precipitation, the Rosetown area 72 mm, the Tramping Lake area 69 mm, the Major area 57 mm and the Kindersley area 50 mm. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 37 per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 20 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and two per cent short. 

There are indications that seeding will begin again this week.  Although weed and pasture grass growth has been slow, farmers are beginning to move cattle to pasture.  Many corrals have been flooded but are drying up quickly. 

Farmers are busy harrowing, controlling weeds, moving cattle to pasture and seeding.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Less than one per cent of the crop has been seeded in the northeastern region.  There are reports of peas and lentils going in the ground.  At this time, there are indications that three per cent of the cropland will not be seeded this year due to excess moisture.    

Precipitation ranged from 10 mm to 65 mm across the region this past week.  The Arborfield area received 10 mm, the Tisdale area 14 mm, the Prince Albert area 22 mm, the Alvena area 48 mm and the Humboldt area 65 mm.     

Thirty-three per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture while 67 per cent has adequate moisture.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus and 86 per cent adequate. 

The majority of farmers have not begun seeding due to the cool, wet weather conditions, although most farmers will begin in the next week.  There are reports of standing water in low-lying areas and weeds actively growing. 

Farmers are busy controlling weeds, heavy harrowing and seeding.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Four per cent of the crop has been seeded.  There are reports of wheat and peas being sown. 

The region received varying amounts of precipitation this past week which has helped to alleviate dry conditions in some areas.  The Duck Lake region received the greatest amount of precipitation, with 39 mm falling on May 6.  The Radisson area received 24 mm, the Neilburg area 21 mm and the Glaslyn area 13 mm.  The Barthel and Frenchman Butte regions received only trace amounts of moisture.  

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 87 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.

There are reports of supplemental feeding of cattle herds being necessary in some areas as freezing night temperatures have slowed pasture growth.    

Farmers are busy controlling gophers and weeds, moving cattle to pasture and seeding.


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