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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One year ago
Twenty-three per cent of the 2011 crop had been seeded.  Seeding had significantly progressed in western regions while eastern regions were just starting.  

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops
May 21/12 64
5 year avg. (2007-2011) 44
May 16/11 23
May 17/10 28
May 18/09 47
May 18/08 56
May 20/07 64
Seeding Progress by Crop District
CD May 21/12 May 16/11
1a 54 4
1b 51 3
2a 68 3
2b 71 16
3ase 93 13
3asw 66 18
3an 66 35
3bs 75 31
3bn 80 59
4a 73 16
4b 85 36
5a 43 8
5b 41 3
6a 62 21
6b 57 21
7a 66 26
7b 73 45
8a 72 10
8b 61 17
9ae 60 14
9aw 70 37
9b 65 45

Sixty-four 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 44 per cent seeded.

Seeding significantly advanced this past week due to warm weather and dry field conditions.  Sixty-eight per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast, 75 per cent in the southwest, 50 per cent in the east-central area, 65 per cent in the west-central area, 66 per cent in the northeast and 67 per cent in the northwest. 

This week's precipitation varied from trace amounts to well over an inch in southwestern regions.  Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as nine per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is eight per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 26 per cent excellent, 64 per cent good, nine per cent fair and one per cent poor.

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


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

 Crop District % seeded
(May 21, 2012)
1A 54
1B 51
2A 68
2B 71
3ASE 93
Region average 68
five-year average (2007-2011) 44

Sixty-eight per cent of the 2012 crop is in the ground in the southeastern region, up significantly from 14 per cent last week.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 44 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, five per cent of acres are indicated to remain unseeded due to excess moisture. 

Small to trace amounts of rainfall last week coupled with warm and windy weather has allowed seeding to rapidly progress.  The Moose Jaw and Pense areas recorded the greatest amount of rainfall last week at 11 mm and 10 mm, respectively.  Crop reporters have indicated that flooding has occurred on two per cent of seeded acres, three per cent of forage acres and on four per cent of pasture acres.  These acres are not likely to produce a crop or are not accessible at this time.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve with 12 per cent of acres rated as surplus, 86 per cent as adequate and two per cent as short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions have also improved, with seven per cent rated as surplus, 89 per cent as adequate and four per cent as short.  Crop reporters in CD 3ASE have indicated that some areas have been seeded for the first time in many years. 

The availability of livestock water is rated as 99 per cent adequate and one per cent inadequate.  Pasture conditions are 29 per cent excellent, 65 per cent good and six per cent fair.  The southeastern region is reporting that seven per cent of emerged crop acres have flooding damage, 14 per cent is damaged by wind and three per cent is damaged by disease.    

There have been reports of early disease in winter wheat but most acres have received a fungicide application at herbicide timing.  Some wheat and canola crops have emerged but soil crusting has delayed most crop emergence due to rainfall in early May.  A light frost was recorded in the Grenfell area but crop damage is minimal.  A majority of farmers are done seeding or will be done in the next week or so if the weather co-operates.              

Farmers are busy seeding and controlling weeds.


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

Crop District % Seeded
(May 21, 2012)
3ASW 66
3AN 66
3BS 75
3BN 80
4A 73
4B 85
region average 75
five-year average
(2007-2011)
58

Seventy-five per cent of the crop has been seeded in the southwestern region, as compared to 42 per cent last week.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 58 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, two per cent of acres are indicated to remain unseeded due to excess moisture.    

Precipitation ranged from small amounts in most of the region to 34 mm in the Maple Creek area.  Some fields in CD 3ASW are reported to be flooded in low lying areas and more dry weather will be needed before these fields can be seeded.  The southwestern region is reporting that one per cent of seeded acres are flooded, three per cent of forage acres are flooded and one per cent of pasture land is flooded. 

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are rated as five per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

The availability of livestock water is rated as 98 per cent adequate and two per cent inadequate.  Pasture conditions are 27 per cent excellent, 67 per cent good and six per cent fair. 

The region is reporting seven per cent of emerged crop acres to be damaged by flooding, five per cent damaged by frost, five per cent damaged by insects and two per cent damaged by diseases.     

A majority of farmers are done seeding or will be soon if weather permits.  There have been reports of shortages of both fertilizer and canola seed.  The winter wheat has been sprayed for weeds and disease but many fields are stressed due to the recent rainfall.  Canola, cereals and pulses have emerged and in-crop spraying will begin soon.  Several areas received frost over the weekend but crop damage has been minimal.         

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


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

Crop District % Seeded
(May 21, 2012)
5A 43
5B 41
6A 62
region average 50
five-year average
(2007-2011)
30

Seeding has significantly progressed in the east-central region.  Fifty per cent of acres are in the ground, up from 12 per cent last week.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 30 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, five per cent of acres are indicated to remain unseeded due to excess moisture. 

Precipitation varied throughout the region last week with the Earl Grey area recording the greatest amount (16 mm).  Warm weather has allowed farmers to get back into drier fields and there are reports of some fields being worked in an effort to further dry them.  Farmers in CD 6A have been able to seed some fields for the first time in the last three years.  However, there are still reports of excess moisture concerns in some areas. 

Crop reporters have indicated that two per cent of seeded acres have been flooded, six per cent of forage acres and five per cent of pasture acres.  These acres are not likely to produce a crop or are not accessible at this time. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve with 22 per cent rated as surplus, 76 per cent as adequate and two percent as short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 27 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 29 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good, 17 per cent fair and one per cent poor.  There have been no reports of damage to emerged crops this past week. 

Most farmers will be done seeding in the next week or two if weather allows.  Most fields have received a pre-seed weed control application though there are some fields that will not be sprayed in time due to slow weed growth or windy conditions.  There have been reports of frost but damage to emerged pulses and cereals has been minimal.    

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


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

Crop District % Seeded (May 21, 2012)
6B 57
7A 66
7B 73
Region average 65
five-year average (2007-2011) 50

Farmers in the region have 65 per cent of the crop in the ground as compared to 17 per cent last week.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 50 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, three per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Small amounts of rainfall were recorded this past week, with the Kindersley and Sonningdale areas reporting the greatest amount (13 mm each).  Warm and windy weather has progressed seeding significantly in the region and some areas will need a rainfall in the coming week to help canola emerge.  However, there are some areas that are reporting localized flooding.  Two per cent of the seeded crop acres are flooded while one per cent of the forage land is flooded. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is two per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and eight per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil is rated as 90 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.   

There have been reports of frost damage to early seeded cereals.  Eleven per cent of the emerged crop has frost damage while two per cent has wind or flooding damage.  Pasture conditions are rated as 34 per cent excellent, 60 per cent good and six per cent fair.  Ninety-eight per cent of available livestock water is adequate while two per cent is inadequate. 

Cool nighttime temperatures have delayed weed growth but most fields have received a pre-seed weed control herbicide application.  There are reports of cutworms in the Macklin area and spraying may be warranted if thresholds are reached.  Cereals and pulses are emerging and there are indications that seeding could be finished within a week or two.  Warm weather and some precipitation would be welcomed by most farmers in the region.    

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


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Crop District % Seeded
(May 21, 2012)
8A 72
8B 61
9AE 60
Region average 66
five-year average
(2007-2011)
29

Warm and windy weather have allowed farmers to get 66 per cent of the crop in the ground, up from 21 per cent last week.  The five-year (2007-2011) average for this time of year is 29 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, there are indications that three per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.   

Small amounts of precipitation have allowed farmers to greatly advance seeding progress.  The Birch Hills area recorded the greatest amount of rainfall this past week at 7 mm.  There are indications that rainfall will be needed to help seeded crops emerge.  Two per cent of seeded acres and one per cent of forage acres are not expected to produce a crop due to flooding.  One per cent of pasture land is not accessible at this time.     

Topsoil moisture for crop land is rated as two per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 94 per cent adequate and six per cent short.  There have been no reports of damage to emerged crops.

Livestock water availability is 100 per cent adequate while pasture conditions are 24 per cent excellent, 64 per cent good and 12 per cent fair. 

Frost over the weekend has done minimal damage to emerged crops and there are reports of canary seed and some canola now being seeded.  Strong winds have delayed pre-seed weed control but the majority of fields have been sprayed.  There have been reports of anhydrous ammonia and dry fertilizer shortages. 

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


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Crop District % Seeded
(May 21, 2012)
9AW 70
9B 65
Region average 67
five-year average
(2007-2011)
45

Sixty-seven per cent of the crop in the northwestern region is in the ground, up significantly from 28 per cent last week.  The area is well above the five-year (2007-2011) average of 45 per cent of acres seeded at this time of year.

Precipitation varied throughout the region with the Meadow Lake area recording the greatest amount (24 mm).  Warm and windy conditions have dried up fields and there are indications that a significant rainfall will be needed soon.

Topsoil moisture for crop land is rated as four per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and two per cent very short.

Livestock water availability is 94 per cent adequate and six per cent inadequate.  Pasture conditions are four per cent excellent, 72 per cent good, 18 per cent fair and six per cent poor. 

There have been reports of frost over the weekend and six per cent of emerged crop has been damaged.  Peas and wheat are slowly emerging but more heat will be needed to help them grow.  There have been reports of fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia shortages. 

Farmers are busy seeding and controlling weeds.


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