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       Friday, October 20, 2017

One year ago
Five 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 14/12

22

5 year avg.
(2007-2011)

18

May 9/11

5

May 10/10

5

May 11/09

23

May 11/08

25

May 13/07

31

Twenty-two 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 18 per cent seeded.

Significant seeding progress was made during the past week.  Fourteen per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast, 42 per cent in the southwest, 12 per cent in the east-central area, 17 per cent in the west-central area, 21 per cent in the northeast and 28 per cent in the northwest.

Provincially, 58 per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 40 per cent of the lentils, 25 per cent of the durum, 23 per cent of the spring wheat, 18 per cent of the canola, 18 per cent of the chickpeas and two per cent of the flax.

Warm and windy weather conditions over the weekend helped to dry up fields in much of the province.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is nine per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

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


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

Fourteen per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded in the southeastern region, up from five per cent last week. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 23 per cent of acres seeded.

Twenty-seven per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 22 per cent of the lentils, 18 per cent of the canola, 14 per cent of the wheat, 10 per cent of the durum and five per cent of the chickpeas and flax.

Only small to trace amounts of precipitation fell on the region, allowing farmers to get back into some drier fields. The Maryfield area recorded the greatest amount of rainfall this past week (15 mm). Most fields are drying up with the warm, windy weather and many crop reporters have indicated that field conditions are better than this time last year. More warm weather is needed in the coming weeks to dry up wet fields. There are indications that there may still be some fields that will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland have greatly improved from last week. Twenty-eight per cent of the acres are rated as surplus while 72 per cent are rated as adequate. In CD 2A, 55 per cent of acres have surplus moisture, down from 80 per cent last week. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions have also improved, with 15 per cent rated as surplus and 85 per cent as adequate.

Many farmers have been tilling wet areas in an effort to dry the fields out. There have been reports of emerging pulses being drowned out in low spots. Pastures are growing nicely and cattle are now being moved. Winter wheat crops are able to be sprayed in drier areas of the field. 

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and rolling pulses. 


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

Significant seeding progress has been made in the southwestern region. Forty-two per cent of the crop is in the ground, as compared to 13 per cent last week. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 31 per cent of acres seeded.  

Seventy-five per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 61 per cent of the lentils, 45 per cent of the canola, 37 per cent of the durum, 34 per cent of the mustard, 27 per cent of the wheat, 25 per cent of the chickpeas and barley and two per cent of the flax.   

Trace amounts of precipitation fell this past week. There are reports that some areas will need moisture in the coming weeks to help alleviate dry field conditions.

Crop reporters have indicated that five per cent of cropland acres have surplus topsoil moisture, 91 per cent have adequate moisture and 4 per cent are short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Seeding is progressing rapidly with many farmers already done in some southern areas. There are indications that most farmers will be done seeding by this weekend if the warm weather persists.

There were reports of frost last week although little damage was done to emerging crops. Cereals, peas and canola are now emerging with some evidence of insect damage. There have been reports of shortages of seed treatments, fertilizer and glyphosate.

Farmers are busy seeding, branding cattle and moving them to pasture.


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

Twelve per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from two per cent last week. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 10 per cent of acres seeded.

Forty-two per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 34 per cent of the lentils, 13 per cent of the canola, 12 per cent of the wheat, nine per cent of the durum, eight per cent of the barley and seven per cent of the chickpeas.

Very little precipitation, coupled with warm and windy weather over the weekend, has dried up many wet areas this last week. However, crop reporters have suggested that excess moisture conditions in some areas are worse than a year ago. Several CDs are reporting soft roads and water continuing to run from sloughs. Farmers would welcome some warm and dry weather in the coming weeks.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions have greatly improved since last week. These conditions are rated as 26 per cent surplus and 74 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions have also improved and are rated as 28 percent surplus and 72 per cent adequate. 

Pasture growth has advanced and cattle are being moved. There have been reports of fertilizer shortages and of stubble being burned in some areas. Many fields will not be sprayed for pre-seed weed control due to wet conditions and windy weather.

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


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

Farmers in the region have 17 per cent of the crop in the ground as compared to two per cent last week. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 17 per cent of acres seeded.

Forty-eight per cent of the field peas are in the ground, 19 per cent of the lentils, 18 per cent of the canola, 15 per cent of the wheat, 10 per cent of the durum, eight per cent of the barley and five per cent of the chickpeas has been seeded.

Trace amounts of rainfall were recorded this past week, with the Macklin area reporting the greatest amount (6 mm). Seeding has greatly progressed due to the warm weather this past weekend; however, pre-seed weed control has been delayed due to windy conditions. Cool nighttime temperatures have slowed down pasture and weed growth.

Moisture conditions have improved in most of the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is seven per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil is rated as one per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

There have been reports of pulses and canola emerging in much of the region. Many crop reporters have indicated that rainfall will be needed soon to help germinate the more shallowly seeded crops.

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


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Significant seeding progress has been made in the northeastern region due to warm and windy weather. Twenty-one per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from less than one per cent last week. Seeding is greatly ahead of the five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year (eight per cent seeded).

Fifty-two per cent of the field peas have now been seeded, 34 per cent of the wheat, 16 per cent of the barley, 14 per cent of the canola, five per cent of the canary seed and four per cent of the durum.

Trace amounts of precipitation and high winds have dried up fields and allowed most farmers to start seeding. Pre-seed weed control has been difficult due to the wind, but most fields will be sprayed in the next few days. Pastures are actively growing and cattle are being moved.

Farmers are busy seeding, applying anhydrous ammonia and controlling weeds.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The northwestern region has 28 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from four per cent last week. The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 11 per cent of acres seeded.

Seventy-two per cent of the field peas are now in the ground, 40 per cent of the wheat and 20 per cent of the canola. Seeding has rapidly progressed due to warm and dry weather conditions in the past week. The Rabbit Lake area recorded the greatest amount of precipitation (7 mm) while the rest of the region recorded only trace amounts.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 91 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and one per cent very short.

There have been reports of light frost in the mornings and slow pasture growth. Some cattle continue to receive supplemental feed and there are indications that livestock water availability may be lower than normal. Precipitation in the coming weeks will be needed for both livestock and crops.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and picking rocks.


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