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    Saturday, December 16, 2017

Seeding is considered complete in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The majority of crops are in fair to excellent condition, despite large amounts of rain received in many areas of the province. 

One year ago
Seeding was wrapping up in most of the province.  Most of the crops were at normal developmental stages and were in fair to good condition.

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SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals 2 60 38
Spring Cereals 1 57 42
Oilseeds 1 51 48
Pulse Crops 0 61 39

Sixty per cent of the winter cereals, 57 per cent of the spring cereals, 51 per cent of oilseeds and 61 per cent of pulse crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year.

Heavy rains have caused some damage this week; warm weather is needed to dry fields up and advance crops.  In-crop spraying operations have been delayed for most producers due to excess moisture. 

Across the province, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and 2 per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 3 per cent short.

Farmers are busy controlling weeds and getting ready for haying.


Weevil Watch - June 26, 2013

During the last week, the alfalfa weevil hatch and development of the larvae (worms) has advanced significantly.  Monitor the pure alfalfa fields more closely as those are the most likely to have high weevil populations.

As of June 26, some pure alfalfa stands in the Gravelbourg and Minton areas require immediate attention.     

Alfalfa fields in the Yellow Grass, Coronach and Killdeer areas need to be monitored closely.  Feeding is just now noticeable, and the larvae numbers are high.  These fields will probably need to be either cut or sprayed within the next week to avoid significant damage. Surprisingly, one field that had been sprayed for weevils in 2012 has a similar high population compared to neighbouring fields that were not sprayed.

Do not assume that all pure alfalfa stands have high weevil populations.  Alfalfa stands south of Weyburn had surprisingly few weevil larvae.  Usually the mixed alfalfa/grass stands have significantly lower weevil populations.  Fields checked in the Weyburn, Maxim, Lake Alma, and Gladmar areas currently have relatively low weevil numbers.

Determining the Weevil Population:

Weevil larvae will quickly drop to the ground when they detect a disturbance, so getting an accurate count representative of the true population can be challenging.  A sweep net is very effective for collecting larvae as the sweep occurs ahead of any traffic or disturbance.

If a sweep net is not available, take a white 20 liter pail into the field.  With the least disturbance possible grab a fist full of stems.  Bend them into the pail first and then cut or pull out the stems.  Shake the stems inside the pail to dislodge the larvae.  Another method is to slap the stems on a flat surface.

Economic Threshold - Hay:

The majority of alfalfa is now taller than 40 cm (16 inches).  A population of 2 or more larvae/stem will likely require immediate cutting or spraying.  Refer to the 2013 Guide to Crop Protection, pages for 442-444 for information on monitoring, economic thresholds and insecticide options.


SE SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind

Fall Cereals

2

49

49

Spring Cereals

0

41

59

Oilseeds

0

39

61

Pulse Crops

0

38

62

Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 1 - Carnduff, Estevan, Redvers, Moosomin and Kipling areas; Crop District 2 - Weyburn, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Regina and Qu'Appelle areas; Crop District 3ASE - Radville and Lake Alma areas)

Seeding is complete for producers in the southeast; however, some acres will remain unseeded due to flooding.  There are indications that some producers will seed greenfeed if fields dry up enough in the next week.  Heavy rainfall has flooded many seeded fields and in-crop spray operations have been delayed.

Significant rainfall was received in the region last week with the Redvers area recording 131 mm.  This brings the total amount received since April 1 to 288 mm, the greatest amount for the area.  The Frobisher area received 36 mm of rain, the Manor area 44 mm, the Stoughton area 53 mm, the Moosomin area 80 mm, the Glenavon and Briercrest areas 51 mm, the Grenfell area 64 mm, the Weyburn area 39 mm, the Odessa area 73 mm, the Moose Jaw area 101 mm, the Indian Head area 76 mm, the Radville area 45 mm and the Ceylon area 43 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 59 per cent surplus and 41 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent surplus and 67 per cent adequate.  CDs 1A and 2A are reporting that 58 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively, of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture at this time; 50 per cent of the hay and pasture land in CD 2A has surplus moisture.

There are reports of strong winds uprooting trees around the Manor and Arcola areas.  Crop reporters are indicating that with the increased moisture in the region, many producers will be applying fungicides this year as disease pressure may be high.  Alfalfa weevils are causing damage in some areas and some fields will be sprayed or cut early.  Warm and dry weather is needed to help dry up the land and help crops and pasture grow.  Overall the crops are in good condition and are either at or behind their normal developmental stages for this time of year.   

Farmers are controlling weeds, getting ready for haying and hauling grain. 


SW SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind

Fall Cereals

0

70

30

Spring Cereals

0

67

33

Oilseeds

0

63

37

Pulse Crops

0

69

31

Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 3ASW - Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN - Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas; Crop District 3B - Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas; Crop District 4 - Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas)

Producers in the southwest have completed seeding and are getting ready for haying in the coming weeks.  Many fields are wet and in-crop spray applications are delayed for most producers.

The region received varying amounts of rainfall this past week.  The Big Beaver area received 23 mm of rain, the Bengough area 82 mm, the Vanguard area 19 mm, the Lafleche area 20 mm, the Mossbank and Coderre areas 28 mm, the Gravelbourg and Mankota areas 43 mm, the Eyebrow area 14 mm, the Admiral area 17 mm, the Shaunavon and Blumenhof areas 53 mm, the Webb area 35 mm, the Swift Current area 64 mm, the Tyner area 71 mm, the Eastend area 34 mm, the Leader area 55 mm and the Maple Creek area 32 mm.  The Bengough area has received the greatest amount of precipitation since April 1 for both the region and the province (301 mm).

Topsoil moisture for cropland is rated as six per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and five per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.  CD 4A is reporting that 19 per cent of cropland and 20 per cent of hay and pasture land is short topsoil moisture at this time.

There have been reports of damage from insects such as cutworms in some canola crops in the area.  Low levels of root rot and leaf diseases are being reported in some pea fields around the Swift Current area.  There are indications that many producers will be spraying fungicides this year due to high disease pressure in some areas.  While some of the region is reporting crop damage due to excess moisture, other parts are reporting damage from lack of moisture.  Despite this, the crops are in good condition and for the most part are at normal developmental stages for this time of year.    

Farmers are busy controlling weeds and getting ready for haying.


EC SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind

Fall Cereals

2

70

28

Spring Cereals

1

64

35

Oilseeds

1

62

37

Pulse Crops

3

66

31

East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 - Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A - Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)

Seeding is complete in the region and producers are trying to spray in-crop applications in-between rain showers.  Many fields in the area are wet and field operations are delayed.

 

Rainfall varied in the region this past week with the Rama area receiving the greatest amount (78 mm).  The Stockholm area received 36 mm, the Abernethy and Bethune areas 24 mm, the Ituna area 25 mm, the Goodeve area 13 mm, the Raymore area 26 mm, the Kamsack area 33 mm, the Preeceville area 16 mm, the Wynyard area 38 mm, the Quill Lake area 22 mm, the Rose Valley area 17 mm, the Imperial area 56 mm, the Craik area 62 mm, the Humboldt area 46 mm and the Saskatoon area 38 mm.  Since April 1, the Stockholm area has received the greatest amount of precipitation in the region (240 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and three per cent short. 

The majority of the crops in the area are in good condition and are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year.  Some of the canola in the area has emerged unevenly and spraying operations have been difficult for some producers.  Some forage crops have been set back due to spring weather conditions and may not yield as well as expected.  There are indications that haying will begin soon. 

Farmers are busy controlling weeds, getting ready for haying and hauling grain.


WC SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind

Fall Cereals

2

79

19

Spring Cereals

0

55

45

Oilseeds

0

48

52

Pulse Crops

0

56

44

West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B - Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7 - Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major, Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

Seeding has wrapped up in the region and many producers are busy spraying in-crop applications when the weather allows.  Excess moisture in some areas is making spray operations difficult.

The region received significant rainfall this past week.  The Hanley and Biggar areas received 30 mm, the Conquest area 41 mm, the Langham area 34 mm, the Hague and Rosthern areas 37 mm, the Eston area 35 mm, the Marengo area 99 mm, the Kindersley area 21 mm, the Kerrobert area 64 mm, the Cando area 56 mm, the Luseland area 40 mm, the Macklin area 76 mm and the Unity area 30 mm.  Since April 1, the Major area has received the greatest amount of precipitation (207 mm).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 25 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and two per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  CD 7B is reporting that 47 per cent of cropland and 39 per cent of hay and pasture land have surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

Some fields and access roads remain under water and warm weather will be needed soon to help dry them up.  There have been reports of leaf disease in crops and many producers will be applying fungicides in the coming weeks due to high disease pressure.  There are reports of hail but damage is minimal at this time.  Hay crops are in good condition, as are the majority of crops in the region.  Most crops are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year.     

Farmers are busy controlling weeds, rolling pulses and getting ready for haying.


NE SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind
Fall Cereals

5

75

20

Spring Cereals

2

50

48

Oilseeds

2

45

53

Pulse Crops

1

58

41

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 8 - Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas; Crop District 9AE - Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas)

Seeding is complete in the region and producers are now focusing on weed control.  However, excess moisture has made spraying operations difficult in some areas. 

Large amounts of rain fell in the region again this week with the Vonda area reporting the greatest amount received (106 mm), bringing the total received since April 1 to 232 mm.  The Porcupine Plain area received 42 mm of rain, the Arborfield area 35 mm, the Nipawin area 15 mm, the Alvena area 57 mm, the Kinistino area 22 mm, the Prince Albert area 30 mm, the Lake Lenore area 30 mm, the Birch Hills area 11 mm and the Garrick area 34 mm. 

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 54 per cent surplus and 46 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 49 per cent surplus, 50 per cent adequate and one per cent short.  CD 9AE is reporting that 63 per cent of cropland and 65 per cent of hay and pasture land has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

There are reports of root rot and yellowing crops in many wet fields and many producers will be spraying fungicides if the current weather persists.  The majority of crops are in fair to good condition and are at normal developmental stages for this time of year.  Warm weather will be needed to help the crops and pastures grow. 

Farmers are busy controlling weeds, hauling grain and getting ready for haying.


NW SK Crop Development -
June 24, 2013
  % Ahead % Normal % Behind

Fall Cereals

0

81

19

Spring Cereals

0

53

47

Oilseeds

0

55

45

Pulse Crops

0

62

38

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 9AW - Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas; Crop District 9B - Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas)

 

Seeding has wrapped up in the area and producers are now trying to spray crops in between rain showers.  Warm weather is needed in most of the region to help dry fields and advance crops. 

 

The North Battleford area received the greatest amount of rainfall this week (117 mm), bringing the total received since April 1 to 215 mm.  The Radisson area received 75 mm of rain, the Hafford area 70 mm, the Rabbit Lake and Lloydminster areas 34 mm, the Spiritwood area 52 mm, the Glaslyn area 50 mm, the Turtleford area 57 mm, the Barthel area 28 mm and the Speers and Meadow Lake areas 38 mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 35 per cent surplus and 65 per cent adequate.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 23 per cent surplus and 77 per cent adequate. CD 9B is reporting 39 per cent of cropland to have surplus topsoil moisture at this time. 

The majority of crop damage this week was due to localized flooding, and reports of hail.  For the most part crops are in good condition and are at their normal developmental stages for this time of year.  Pastures are quickly growing and there are indications that haying will begin soon on drier land.  Warm weather is needed in the coming weeks to help advance crops.

Farmers are busy controlling weeds and hauling grain.


SK (provincial) Crop conditions - June 24, 2013

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

5

11

14

15

4

9

8

% good

52

53

69

73

73

69

68

% fair

31

31

14

12

18

19

23

% poor

11

5

2

0

3

3

1

% very poor

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower
% excellent 10 20 17 14 8 18 0
% good 66 67 70 70 68 67 50
% fair 19 13 12 15 23 15 50
% poor 4 0 1 1 1 0 0
% very poor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Southeast

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

2

1

11

12

9

8

5

% good

48

39

70

72

70

68

65

% fair

40

50

18

15

19

23

29

% poor

9

10

1

1

2

1

1

% very poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower

% excellent

8

4

8

9

2

0

N/A

% good

72

64

80

66

77

74

N/A

% fair

18

29

11

24

19

26

N/A

% poor

1

3

1

1

2

0

N/A

% very poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

Southwest

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

10

17

20

16

3

17

14

% good

56

56

71

75

77

74

71

% fair

13

23

8

9

20

8

14

% poor

21

4

1

0

0

1

1

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower

% excellent

16

19

20

14

9

20

0

% good

62

73

68

71

60

67

0

% fair

21

7

12

14

29

13

100

% poor

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

East-central

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

7

4

13

16

1

9

9

% good

54

52

69

58

81

73

74

% fair

29

44

17

26

18

18

17

% poor

8

0

1

0

0

0

0

% very poor

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower

% excellent

9

20

22

28

2

50

N/A

% good

71

42

64

51

76

25

N/A

% fair

19

38

14

21

22

25

N/A

% poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

West-central

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

11

18

19

16

13

15

12

% good

86

71

69

75

72

74

80

% fair

3

11

10

8

14

9

8

% poor

0

0

1

1

1

2

0

% very poor

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower
% excellent

15

22

18

13

10

7

N/A

% good

64

61

71

75

74

93

N/A

% fair

16

17

9

11

14

0

N/A

% poor

4

0

1

1

2

0

N/A

% very poor

1

0

1

0

0

0

N/A

Northeast

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax
% excellent

0

0

4

0

5

4

1

% good

28

76

62

50

61

51

47

% fair

55

21

22

41

23

34

46

% poor

15

2

10

7

9

10

5

% very poor

2

1

2

2

2

1

1

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower

% excellent

2

45

4

0

2

N/A

0

% good

57

35

66

73

65

N/A

100

% fair

27

10

24

17

30

N/A

0

% poor

12

10

5

5

2

N/A

0

% very poor

2

0

1

5

1

N/A

0

Northwest

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax

% excellent

6

2

11

0

4

7

23

% good

84

76

75

100

84

79

72

% fair

10

22

12

0

12

13

5

% poor

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower
% excellent

15

N/A

16

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

% good

66

N/A

69

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

% fair

15

N/A

15

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

% poor

4

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

% very poor

0

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

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