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    Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Great strides were made in seeding progress this week with 67 per cent of the 2013 crop now seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is approximately 70 per cent seeded.

One year ago
Seventy-four per cent of the 2012 crop had been seeded. The majority of the province received large amounts of rainfall which delayed seeding progress.  Some areas received over four inches of rain.

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Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded
All Crops

May 27/13

67

5 year avg.
(2008-2012)

70

May 28/12

74

May 23/11

54

May 27/10

55

May 25/09

79

May 25/08

86

 

Seeding Progress
by Crop District

CD

May 27/13

May 28/12

1a

57

74

1b

66

66

2a

68

78

2b

71

66

3ase

75

89

3asw

73

72

3an

83

65

3bs

91

85

3bn

87

85

4a

97

86

4b

84

92

5a

62

50

5b

55

52

6a

61

70

6b

60

70

7a

70

68

7b

66

83

8a

46

85

8b

54

76

9ae

55

80

9aw

64

88

9b

73

85

All regions of the province made significant headway this week: 67 per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast; 85 per cent in the southwest; 51 per cent in the northeast; 69 per cent in the northwest; 60 per cent in the east-central area; and 65 per cent in the west-central area. 

Seeding was temporarily halted in some regions over the weekend as the majority of the province received rainfall. The Coronach and Humboldt areas received the most rainfall with more than two inches.

Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Livestock water availability is adequate and pasture conditions are rated as 20 per cent excellent, 56 per cent good, 20 per cent fair and four per cent poor.

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


Southeastern Saskatchewan

 Crop District

% seeded
(May 27, 2013)

1A

57

1B

66

2A

68

2B

71

3ASE

75

Region average

67

five-year average (2008-2012)

64

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

Seeding progress has tripled in the region over the past week and producers now have 67 per cent of the crop in, up significantly from 22 per cent last week.  The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 64 per cent of acres seeded.  At this time, it is estimated that seven per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Much of the region received substantial rainfall which has slowed down seeding progress.  The Lampman area received 7 mm of rain, the Manor area 8 mm, the Kisbey area 10 mm, the Whitewood area 29 mm, the Broadview area 25 mm, the Wolseley area 28 mm, the Weyburn area 24 mm, the Moose Jaw area 26 mm, the Radville area 18 mm and the Ceylon area 17 mm.  Since April 1, the Frobisher area has received the greatest amount of precipitation (71 mm). 

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 19 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.  CD 2A is reporting that 34 per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 14 per cent excellent, 54 per cent good, 28 per cent fair and four per cent poor.  Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

High winds and localized flooding have damaged emerged crops in some areas.  There have been reports that some winter cereal fields are being reseeded to other crops due to high levels of winterkill.  Many producers have indicated that at least a week of warm and dry weather will be needed for seeding to be completed and spraying operations to advance.  However, some areas are also in need of rain to help germinate later-seeded crops.  The majority of emerged crops are looking healthy and will soon be ready for in-crop herbicide applications.  There have also been reports of fertilizer shortages and delayed delivery.   

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and working fields. 


Southwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 27, 2013)

3ASW

73

3AN

83

3BS

91

3BN

87

4A

97

4B

84

Region average

85

five-year average
(2008-2012)

75

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

Seeding is advancing quickly and many producers will be done in the next week.    Eighty-five per cent of the 2013 crop is now in the ground, well ahead of the five-year (2008-2012) average of 75 per cent for this time of year.  Last week producers had 51 per cent of the crop seeded.  At this time, it is estimated that two per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

The region received significant rainfall that brought high winds, localized flooding and hail damage to some areas.  The Coronach area received 56 mm of rainfall, the Fife Lake area 32 mm, the Limerick area 46 mm, the Spring Valley area 20 mm, the Gravelbourg area 19 mm, the Central Butte and Shaunavon areas 17 mm, the Cadillac area 48 mm, the Blumenhof area 16 mm, the Cabri area 36 mm, the Tyner area 13 mm, the Maple Creek area 22 mm and the Richmond area 25 mm.  The Cadillac area has received the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 at 96 mm.

Topsoil moisture for cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 78 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and two per cent very short.  CD 4B is reporting 25 per cent and 39 per cent of cropland and hay and pasture land 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.

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 16 per cent excellent, 62 per cent good, 17 per cent fair and five per cent poor.  Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

Some southern areas of the region received heavy rain and hail over the weekend that has damaged some emerged crops.  There have also been reports of damage from pea leaf weevil in some areas.  Most of the region is in need of rain to help germinate crops and to help pasture growth.  There are indications that in-crop herbicide application will begin soon for many producers.  There have been many reports of fertilizer shortages and delays in delivery.      

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


East-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 27, 2013)

5A

62

5B

55

6A

61

Region average

60

five-year average
(2008-2012)

59

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

Seeding progress is right on track with the five-year average in the east-central region. 

Sixty per cent of the crop is now in the ground, significantly up from 22 per cent last week.  The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 59 per cent.  At this time, it is indicated that five per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.  

Large amounts of rain were received last week that has delayed seeding in some areas.  The Stockholm area received 30 mm of rain, the Abernethy and Goodeve areas 16 mm, the Ituna area 18 mm, the Kamsack area 15 mm, the Pelly area 12 mm, the Bulyea area 19 mm, the Kenaston area 25 mm, the Humboldt area 51 mm and the Bradwell area 34 mm.  Since April 1, the Humboldt area has received the greatest amount of precipitation (77 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and six per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short.  CD 6A is reporting 19 per cent of the hay and pasture land to be short topsoil moisture.

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 10 per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 33 per cent fair and seven per cent poor.  Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

Crop damage this week is due to localized flooding, high winds and frost.  Many producers in the region will be done seeding in the coming week and spraying operations will continue.  High humidity and wet stubble has caused some issues with seeding equipment.  Pasture growth has been slow and some areas would welcome a rain to help things along.  There have been reports of fertilizer delivery delays and shortages in some areas.  Emerged crops look healthy and are advancing quickly. 

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


West-central Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 27, 2013)

6B

60

7A

70

7B

66

Region average

65

five-year average (2008-2012)

76

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

Seeding progress has more than doubled in the west-central region in the last week, despite delays from recent rainfall.  Producers now have 65 per cent of the crop in the ground, up significantly from 29 per cent last week.  The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 76 per cent.  At this time, it is indicated that ten per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.       

Most of the region received significant rainfall that has slowed down seeding.  The Outlook area received 21 mm, the Perdue area 18 mm, the Hanley area 26 mm, the Sonningdale area 35 mm, the Eston area 22 mm, the Biggar area 23 mm, the Major area 24 mm, the Battleford area 19 mm and the Rosetown area 16 mm.  Since April 1, the Major area has received the greatest amount of precipitation for the region at 90 mm. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 44 per cent excellent, 45 per cent good, nine per cent fair and two per cent poor.  Ninety-nine per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

Localized flooding, high winds, hail and frost have damaged emerged crops in some areas.  Weed growth has been heavy and producers are trying to spray herbicides when the winds are calm.  Pastures are growing, although some of them could use rain to help things along.  Most producers have indicated that seeding will be done within another week if the warm conditions continue.    

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, rolling pulses and hauling grain.


Northeastern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 27, 2013)

8A

46

8B

54

9AE

55

Region average

51

five-year average
(2008-2012)

71

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Field work and seeding is progressing in the northeast region.  Producers have 51 per cent of the crop seeded, up from only six per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 71 per cent.  Warm and dry conditions are needed for seeding to continue. At this time, it is estimated that nine per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Parts of the region received precipitation last week with the Prince Albert area receiving the most at 14 mm.  The Humboldt area received 16 mm, the Bruno and Birch Hills areas 10 mm, the Vonda area 8 mm, the Alvena area 5 mm and the Star City and Tisdale areas 4 mm.  Since April 1, the Humboldt area has received the most precipitation at 47 mm. 

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 23 per cent surplus and 77 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent surplus and 83 per cent adequate.

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 21 per cent excellent, 63 per cent good, 15 per cent fair and one per cent poor. One hundred per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

Crop reporters indicate that some crops have been damaged by localized flooding but overall good growing conditions were experienced this week. Operations of spraying, seeding and cultivating are progressing quickly this week in most areas of the district. Most areas of the district are still very wet and difficulty accessing some fields continues.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and working fields.


Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District

% Seeded
(May 27, 2013)

9AW

64

9B

73

Region average

69

five-year average
(2008-2012)

77

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Seeding progress in the northwest has quickly progressed due to warm and dry weather.  Sixty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the ground, more than tripled from 22 per cent last week. The five-year (2008-2012) average for this time of year is 77 per cent. At this time, it is estimated that seven per cent of acres will remain unseeded due to excess moisture.

Large amounts of precipitation were received this past week with the majority of the region receiving rain.  The Spiritwood area received 28 mm, the Hafford area 26 mm, the Radisson and Speers areas 24 mm, the Lloydminster area 23 mm and the Frenchman Butte area 22 mm. Since April 1, the Lloydminster area has received the most precipitation for the region (46 mm).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 14 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 90 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. 

Pasture conditions across the region are rated as 25 per cent excellent, 60 per cent good, 13 per cent fair, one per cent poor and one per cent very poor.  One hundred per cent of livestock producers have indicated that they have adequate livestock water supplies.

High winds, localized flooding and reports of hail have damaged emerged crops in some areas. Seeding and spraying is progressing quickly when the rain allows. There have been reports of 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 more topsoil moisture will be needed soon to help germinate the crops. 

Farmers are busy seeding, spraying, working fields and moving cattle.   

 

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