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Warm weather continues to help advance crop development. Saskatchewan livestock producers have 69 per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and 43 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

One year ago
Seventy-nine per cent of the 2012 provincial hay crop was cut and 61 per cent was baled or put into silage.  Warm weather was helping to quickly advance crops.

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Estimated Provincial Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 2.5
Brome/Alfalfa 1.5 2.5
Other Tame Hay 1.3 2.2
Wild Hay 1 1
Greenfeed 1.9 4

Rain showers and high humidity has slowed hay progress and decreased hay quality in some areas.  Seventy-four per cent of the provincial hay crop is rated as good in quality. 

Hay yields are slightly above the five-year average (2008-2012).  The estimated average hay yields on dry land are reported as 1.5 tons per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/brome hay, 1.3 tons per acre for other tame hay, 1 ton per acre for wild hay and 2 tons per acre for greenfeed.

On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 2.5 tons per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/brome hay, 2.2 tons per acre for other tame hay, one ton per acre for wild hay and four tons per acre for greenfeed.

The majority of crops are in good to excellent condition.  Eighty-seven per cent of spring wheat, 82 per cent of canola, 80 per cent of lentils and 89 per cent of peas are in good to excellent condition.

Most parts of the province received varying amounts of rain last week ranging from trace to 91 mm.  Flooding, hail, wind and insects caused the majority of crop damage.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short.

Farmers are busy haying and controlling insects and crop disease.

SK (provincial) Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

14

15

25

23

21

21

23

% good

59

62

62

64

65

62

63

% fair

21

20

12

13

12

15

13

% poor

6

3

1

0

2

2

1

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

22

22

26

19

14

11

20

% good

60

64

63

61

65

76

80

% fair

14

13

10

17

20

11

0

% poor

3

1

1

2

1

2

0

% very poor

1

0

0

1

0

0

0


Estimated Southeast Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.3 N/A
Wild Hay 0.9 N/A
Greenfeed 2.1 N/A
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)

Crop development is advancing due to warm temperatures and moisture in the region over the past week. However, some areas continue to receive rain. As a result, some hay quality has deteriorated and crops are showing signs of stress. Thunderstorms rolling through the region resulted in varying amounts of rainfall. Heavy rain, hail and strong winds have damaged some crops and some fields are severely lodged. Rainfall recorded in the region ranged from trace to 91 mm. The Frobisher area has received 329 mm of cumulative rainfall since April 1, 2013.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 20 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Crop districts 1A and 2B are reporting that 34 per cent and 25 per cent of acres, respectively, have surplus topsoil moisture. 

Livestock producers have 60 per cent of the hay crop cut and 36 per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 15 per cent excellent, 67 per cent good and 18 per cent fair.  Continuous rain has slowed haying operations and decreased the quality of hay in the swath.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind, hail, insects and flooding. Some producers are applying fungicides for leaf disease and fusarium head blight. Producers are busy haying and controlling disease and insects in crops.     

Southeast Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

14

38

23

35

18

26

21

% good

56

51

60

48

61

51

62

% fair

25

9

16

16

16

19

16

% poor

4

2

1

1

4

3

1

% very poor

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

23

32

19

14

7

N/A

20

% good

61

41

63

48

57

N/A

80

% fair

14

25

16

33

35

N/A

0

% poor

2

2

1

4

1

N/A

0

% very poor

0

0

1

1

0

N/A

0

       


Estimated Southwest Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.2 2
Brome/Alfalfa 1.3 2.5
Other Tame Hay 1 1.3
Wild Hay 0.8 1
Greenfeed 1.8 N/A
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)

Crop and hay conditions vary in the southwest region, depending on precipitation received in the last couple of weeks. Most areas are receiving just enough rain to advance crops and keep pastures green. Precipitation in the area ranged from trace to 55 mm (Mortlach area). The Mankota area has recorded the most amount of rain since April 1, with 337 mm.  

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 89 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 86 per cent adequate, 12 short and two per cent very short.  Crop district 4B is reporting 17 and 33 per cent very short of topsoil moisture on crop land and hay and pasture land, respectively.

Livestock producers have 79 per cent of the hay crop cut and 54 per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay crop quality is rated as 79 per cent good, 18 per cent fair and three per cent poor. Rain and high humidity are slowing hay operations and causing some quality issues.

Disease, insects, hail and wind have caused the majority of crop damage. Crop development is advanced and there are indications that some pulses are starting to turn.

Farmers are busy haying, controlling disease in crops and getting harvest equipment ready.

 

Southwest Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

11

6

18

16

3

17

10

% good

63

63

71

71

80

75

74

% fair

19

27

11

13

17

8

16

% poor

7

4

0

0

0

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

13

13

23

18

11

10

N/A

% good

71

78

69

64

71

78

N/A

% fair

14

9

7

15

15

11

N/A

% poor

2

0

1

2

3

1

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

1

0

0

N/A


Estimated East-central Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.4 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.4 N/A
Wild Hay 1.2 N/A
Greenfeed 2 N/A
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)

Crop development is advancing, although rain and hail reported in the last couple of weeks has caused some crop and hay damage. High humidity has many farmers trying to control disease and has resulted in some hay producers turning swaths to help dry them out. Precipitation recorded ranged from 10 to 64 mm (Goodeve area). In the east-central region, the highest cumulative rainfall since April 1, 2013, has been recorded in the Humboldt area, which received 340 mm.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Crop district 5A is reporting 25 per cent of cropland acres and 20 per cent of hay land and pasture acres to have surplus moisture.     

Livestock producers now have 57 per cent of the hay crop cut and 36 per cent baled or put into silage.  Hay quality is rated as 71 per cent good and 29 per cent fair. 

The majority of crop damage this week was due to flooding, wind, hail and disease. 

Farmers are busy haying, controlling disease and insects and getting equipment ready for harvest.

East-central Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

18

11

34

40

31

29

45

% good

59

76

59

56

62

61

50

% fair

14

11

6

4

6

9

4

% poor

9

2

1

0

1

1

1

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

27

36

43

37

9

N/A

N/A

% good

59

64

48

49

78

N/A

N/A

% fair

12

0

8

11

13

N/A

N/A

% poor

2

0

1

2

0

N/A

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

N/A


Estimated West-central Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.6 2.1
Brome/Alfalfa 1.6 2.3
Other Tame Hay 1.2 N/A
Wild Hay 1.2 N/A
Greenfeed 2.0 N/A
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)

Most areas of the region recorded rainfall this week. Crop reporters have indicated conditions were getting quite dry, so the recent rain has been quite helpful to advance crops and keep pastures green.  Some areas are still in need of some moisture, particularly in crop districts 7A and 7B. Rainfall reported in the past week ranged from trace to 42 mm (Major area). The Major area has recorded the highest amount of cumulative rain since April 1, 2013, at 279 mm.     

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and 24 per cent short on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as four per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and 24 per cent short.  Crop district 7B is reporting 40 per cent short of topsoil moisture on hay and cropland.   

Haying operations have progressed quickly for the most part. Rain showers and heavy dew in the mornings have slowed progress in some areas. Livestock producers have 79 per cent of the hay crop cut and 55 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 18 per cent excellent, 75 per cent good and seven per cent fair. 

Very little crop damage was reported in the region. Disease, insects and hail have caused some crop damage in areas.

Producers are busy haying, controlling disease and hauling grain.

West-central Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

17

22

29

24

24

28

22

% good

79

66

59

69

64

57

62

% fair

4

12

12

7

12

15

16

% poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

28

39

30

21

21

0

N/A

% good

57

42

60

68

71

100

N/A

% fair

13

19

9

10

8

0

N/A

% poor

1

0

1

1

0

0

N/A

% very poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

N/A


Estimated Northeast Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.8 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.6 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.4 N/A
Wild Hay 1.1 N/A
Greenfeed 1.3 N/A
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)

Rain rolled through the region again this week. Some areas are indicating very wet field conditions and limited road access. Crops have advanced normally. However, some crops were late getting into the ground at seeding, and are now slightly behind normal development. Rainfall in the region ranged from one to 35 mm (Arborfield and Connaught areas). The Vonda area has recorded the highest cumulative rainfall for the region since April 1, 2013, with 329 mm.  

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 38 per cent surplus and 62 per cent adequate. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as 34 per cent surplus and 66 per cent adequate. Crop district 8A is reporting 60 and 48 per cent of their respective cropland acres to have surplus moisture.    

Livestock producers now have 74 per cent of the hay crop cut and 45 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 14 per cent excellent, 72 per cent good and 14 per cent fair.  Most crop damage this week is attributed to flooding and disease.  Many crops are being sprayed with fungicides.

Producers are busy haying, controlling disease and hauling grain.   

Northeast Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

3

0

15

8

14

10

9

% good

47

72

59

55

64

53

69

% fair

37

26

20

32

18

28

18

% poor

13

2

5

3

4

7

3

% very poor

0

0

1

2

0

2

1

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

12

N/A

13

N/A

17

N/A

N/A

% good

53

N/A

52

N/A

59

N/A

N/A

% fair

22

N/A

24

N/A

21

N/A

N/A

% poor

12

N/A

9

N/A

2

N/A

N/A

% very poor

1

N/A

2

N/A

1

N/A

N/A


Estimated Northwest Hay Yields (tons/acre) - July 22, 2013
  Dry land Irrigated Land
Alfalfa 1.5 N/A
Brome/Alfalfa 1.6 N/A
Other Tame Hay 1.5 N/A
Wild Hay 1 N/A
Greenfeed 2 N/A
Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 9AW - Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas; Crop District 9B - Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas)

Rainfall across most of the region has helped advance crops. Some heat and sunshine would be appreciated to continue with haying operations. Precipitation ranged from three to 42 mm (North Battleford area). The Meadow Lake area has recorded the highest cumulative rainfall in the region since April 1, 2013, with 309 mm.   

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as six per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as four per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.  

Livestock producers have the majority of the hay crop cut. However, rain showers and high humidity have slowed baling operations. Producers now have 66 per cent of the hay crop cut and 32 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 12 per cent excellent, 82 per cent good and six per cent fair.   

The majority of crop damage this week is attributed to insects and flooding.

Producers are busy haying and controlling disease.

Northwest Crop conditions - July 22, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

6

5

24

N/A

19

8

5

% good

84

40

67

N/A

73

83

90

% fair

10

55

9

N/A

8

9

5

% poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

23

N/A

19

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% good

68

N/A

71

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% fair

8

N/A

10

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% poor

1

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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