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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One year ago

Sixty-four per cent of the 2012 crop had been seeded.  Significant seeding progress was made due to warm and dry conditions.
 

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 20/13

27

5 year avg.
(2008-2012)

44

May 21/12

64

May 16/11

23

May 20/10

28

May 18/09

47

May 18/08

56

 

Seeding Progress
by Crop District

CD

May 20/13

May 21/12

1a

10

54

1b

22

51

2a

18

68

2b

28

71

3ase

44

93

3asw

30

66

3an

29

66

3bs

64

75

3bn

61

80

4a

66

73

4b

49

85

5a

27

43

5b

15

41

6a

24

62

6b

27

57

7a

33

66

7b

27

73

8a

2

72

8b

10

61

9ae

4

60

9aw

15

70

9b

28

65

Significant seeding progress was made during the past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Twenty-seven per cent of the 2013 crop is now seeded, compared to 8 per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is approximately 44 per cent seeded.

Seeding advanced in all regions of the province: 22 per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast; 51 per cent in the southwest; six per cent in the northeast; 22 per cent in the northwest; 22 per cent in the east-central area; and 29 per cent in the west-central area.

Provincially, 52 per cent of the field peas have been seeded; 46 per cent of the lentils; 40 per cent of the durum; 27 per cent of the spring wheat; 23 per cent of the canola; 20 per cent of the mustard; 19 per cent of the chickpeas; 12 per cent of the barley; six per cent of the flax; and four per cent of the canary seed.

Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to more than two inches in the southeast region.  Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and one per cent very short.

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


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

Southeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% seeded
(May 20, 2013)

1A

10

1B

22

2A

18

2B

28

3ASE

44

Region average

22

five-year average (2008-2012)

43

Seeding is well underway and producers in the southeast now have 22 per cent of the 2013 crop in the ground, up significantly from four per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 43 per cent of acres seeded.

Fourty-one per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 33 per cent of the lentils, 25 per cent of the canola, 22 per cent of the durum, 21 per cent of the spring wheat, 11 per cent of the barley and chickpeas, six per cent of the flax and five per cent of the mustard.

The region received significant precipitation in many areas over the weekend that has slowed down seeding progress. The Frobisher area received 51 mm, the Carnduff area 45 mm, the Manor area 25 mm, the Stoughton area 19 mm, the Maryfield area 7 mm, the Weyburn area 14 mm, the Radville area 10 mm and the Moose Jaw area 2 mm. Since April 1, the Frobisher area has received the greatest amount of precipitation (65 mm).        

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 15 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Many producers have indicated that although some fields are still wet, the majority of them are dry and moisture will be needed in the coming weeks if the warm weather continues. 

Pastures are growing in many areas and cattle are being moved. Weeds are also growing and producers are applying pre-seed herbicides when the winds are calm. Many early seeded crops such as lentils and durum have emerged, and in-crop herbicide applications will begin soon. There are indications that some winter wheat fields that were winterkilled will be reseeded to other crops.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, working sloughs, branding cattle and fixing fences. 


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

Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded (May 20, 2013)

3ASW

30

3AN

29

3BS

64

3BN

61

4A

66

4B

49

region average

51

five-year average (2008-2012)

56

Warm and relatively dry conditions have allowed producers to get 51 per cent of the 2013 crop seeded, up from 29 per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 56 per cent. CDs 3BS, 3BN and 4A are each reporting that over 60 per cent of the acres have now been seeded.   

Seventy-one per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 59 per cent of the lentils, 51 per cent of the durum, 50 per cent of the spring wheat, 46 per cent of the canola, 39 per cent of the barley, 29 per cent of the mustard, 21 per cent of the chickpeas, 12 per cent of the flax and four per cent of the canaryseed.  

The majority of the region received small amounts of precipitation last week, with the Consul and Shaunavon areas recording 20 mm each.  The Bengough area received 15 mm, the Central Butte area 2 mm, the Ponteix, Glen Bain and Leader areas 9 mm, the Cabri area 11 mm and the Macrorie area 10 mm. The Admiral area has received the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 (60 mm). 

Topsoil moisture for cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate and 25 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 63 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and four per cent very short. CD 4A is reporting 30 per cent and 55 per cent, respectively, of cropland and hay land and pasture to be short topsoil moisture.  Strong winds and warm weather have dried the majority of fields and pastures and a significant rainfall will be needed soon to replenish the soil. 

There are reports of grass fires in some areas. Some crop reporters have indicated that there are concerns that some crops may not germinate evenly if moisture is not received soon. Most of the earlier seeded crops are up and producers will soon be making in-crop herbicide applications when the winds are calm.        

Farmers are busy seeding, rolling crops, controlling weeds, branding and fixing fences.


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

East-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 20, 2013)

5A

27

5B

15

6A

24

region average

22

five-year average (2008-2012)

30

Twenty-two per cent of the 2013 crop is now in the ground, up from two per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 30 per cent.  

Thirty-nine per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 30 per cent of the lentils, 27 per cent of the spring wheat, 24 per cent of the canola, 21 per cent of the durum, 10 per cent of the barley, four per cent of the flax and three per cent of the mustard.

The Quill Lake are received the most precipitation this past week at 34 mm. The Ituna, Abernathy and Kelliher areas received 3 mm, the Rama area 8 mm, the Preeceville area 15 mm, the Kenaston area 13 mm, the Humboldt area 9 mm, the Meacham area 12 mm and the Bradwell area 16 mm. Since April 1, the Pelly area has received the greatest amount of precipitation (55 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short. CD 5B is reporting 21 per cent of the cropland to have surplus topsoil moisture. 

The warm weather has allowed field work to progress quickly and many crop producers have indicated that seeding will be almost complete in the next couple of weeks. Despite the recent weather, some roads and fields are still soft and cannot hold equipment. Herbicides are being applied to fields when the wind is calm. There have been reports of anhydrous ammonia and phosphate fertilizer shortages.

Farmers are seeding, scouting winter wheat crops, controlling weeds and moving cattle.


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

West-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 20, 2013)

6B

27

7A

33

7B

27

Region average

29

five-year average (2008-2012)

48

Seeding is progressing quickly in the region due to relatively dry and warm conditions. Producers now have 29 per cent of the 2013 crop in the ground, significantly up from three per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 48 per cent.    

Fifty-one per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 32 per cent of the canola and lentils, 29 per cent of the durum, 25 per cent of the spring wheat, 12 per cent of the barley, eight per cent of the canary seed, seven per cent of the

mustard, four per cent of the chickpeas and three per cent of the flax.

The Major area received the greatest amount of precipitation this week - 28 mm - bringing its total since April 1 to 66 mm. The Hanley area received 21 mm of precipitation, the Rosetown area 4 mm, the Biggar area 22 mm, the Smiley area 9 mm, the Luseland area 14 mm and the Landis area 1 mm.   

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and five per cent short.   

Pastures are growing and cattle are being moved. Earlier seeded crops are emerging and in-crop weed control applications will begin soon. Many crop reporters have indicated that there are large flushes of volunteer canola in many of the fields due to the windy weather after swathing last fall. There are many low spots in some fields that will need to be worked and dried out before seeding can begin.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, working fields and moving cattle.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 20, 2013)

8A

2

8B

10

9AE

4

Region average

6

five-year average (2008-2012)

36

Field work and seeding is slowly progressing in the northeastern region. Producers have six per cent of the crop seeded, up from less than one per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 36 per cent. Warm and dry conditions are needed for seeding to continue.

Thirteen per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 10 per cent of the spring wheat, seven per cent of the durum, four per cent of the canola and barley and two per cent of the lentils.

Most of the region received precipitation last week, with the Tisdale area receiving the most (14 mm). The Nipawin area received 6 mm, the Humboldt and Bruno areas 10 mm, the Vonda area 9 mm, the Kinistino area 4 mm and the Garrick area 2 mm. Since April 1, the Tisdale area has received the most precipitation at 30 mm.   

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 43 per cent surplus and 57 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 31 per cent surplus and 69 per cent adequate. CD 8A is reporting that 69 per cent and 44 per cent, respectively, of cropland and hay land and pasture to have surplus topsoil moisture. 

Pastures are growing and dugouts are full. Many producers are working sloughs to help dry them out before seeding can begin in those fields. There have been reports of fertilizer delivery delays as many roads are still inaccessible. The majority of producers will be starting to seed in the next few days.   

Farmers are busy seeding, working fields and moving cattle.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 20, 2013)

9AW

15

9B

28

Region average

22

five-year average (2008-2012)

49

Seeding in the northwest has quickly progressed due to warm and dry weather. Twenty-two per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from three per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 49 per cent.

Fourty-one per cent of the field peas have been seeded, 32 per cent of the spring wheat, 18 per cent of the canola, five per cent of the barley, four per cent of the lentils and two per cent of the flax.   

A little rain fell on the region this past week. The Duck Lake and Lloydminster areas received 5 mm, the North Battleford area 1 mm, the St. Walburg area 2 mm and the Turtleford area 2 mm. Since April 1, the Meadow Lake area has received the most precipitation in the region (30 mm). 

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 29 per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and four per cent short. 

Pastures are beginning to grow and cattle are being moved. There have been reports of liquid fertilizer shortages in some areas of the region. Many roads and fields are still wet and inaccessible, but most producers are managing to work around them. Despite the wet conditions in some areas, many producers have indicated that topsoil moisture will be needed soon to help germinate the crops. 

Farmers are busy seeding, picking rocks, working fields and moving cattle.  


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