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       Friday, October 20, 2017

Haying progress continues for Saskatchewan livestock producers with 82 per cent of the 2013 hay crop cut and 60 per cent baled or put into silage, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. 

One year ago
Eighty-eight per cent of the 2012 provincial hay crop was cut and 76 per cent was baled or put into silage.  Producers were starting to harvest winter cereals and pulse crops in some areas of the province.

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Rain was reported in most areas during the past week, which has reduced hay quality in the swath.  Seventy per cent of the provincial hay crop is rated as good in quality. 

The majority of crops are in good to excellent condition.  Eighty-four per cent of spring wheat, 82 per cent of canola, 81 per cent of lentils and 88 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 43 mm.  Disease, insects and localized flooding caused the majority of crop damage.  Grasshoppers and bertha armyworm have been reported in some areas.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on crop land is rated as nine per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short.

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

SK (provincial) Crop conditions - July 29, 2013

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

19

25

24

34

20

21

24

% good

58

51

60

54

66

63

64

% fair

18

23

14

12

11

15

11

% poor

4

1

2

0

2

1

1

% very poor

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

20

36

28

18

14

24

N/A

% good

62

55

60

63

68

61

N/A

% fair

16

9

11

16

17

14

N/A

% poor

2

0

1

3

1

1

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

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)

Cooler than normal temperatures during the past week slowed crop development. Crop reporters have indicated very low nighttime temperatures for this time of year. The Odessa area reported a low of 4 C on July 26. Most areas continue to receive rain, which has made haying difficult. Because of heavy morning dew, cutting is usually delayed until early afternoon. There has been some loss of hay quality in the swath due to rain. 

The cooler weather has allowed crops to flower longer, and if day time temperatures warm up, there is potential for good crop yields with the moisture received. Crop development ranges from heading in cereals to podding in pulses and oilseeds. Some areas are reporting very wet crop and hay land conditions and crops are showing signs of excess moisture stress. Rainfall recorded in the region ranged from nil to 29 mm (Redvers area).

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 17 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Crop district 1A is reporting 41 per cent and 35 per cent of cropland and hay acres, respectively, have surplus topsoil moisture. 

Livestock producers have 73 per cent of the hay crop cut and 50 per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 11 per cent excellent, 63 per cent good and 26 per cent fair. 

The majority of crop damage is due to insects, wind and flooding. The Kisbey and Stoughton areas reported severe hail damage. Pastures are remaining green due to the moisture. Producers are busy haying and controlling insects in crops.            

Southeast

  Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax
% excellent 23 34 24 33 14 27 18
% good 58 44 57 48 67 59 69
% fair 15 21 18 19 13 13 12
% poor 4 1 1 0 2 1 1
% very poor 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
  Canola Mustard Pea Lentil Canaryseed Chickpea Sunflower
% excellent 19 32 17 11 5 0 N/A
% good 66 55 67 48 68 68 N/A
% fair 14 13 14 33 25 24 N/A
% poor 1 0 2 8 2 8 N/A
% very poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 few weeks. Most producers are looking for some rain to push the crop closer to harvest. Cooler temperatures have slowed crop advancement this past week. Precipitation in the area ranged from nil to 36 mm (Bengough area).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short. Crop district 4A and 4B are reporting 15 and 33 per cent short of topsoil moisture on cropland, respectively.

Livestock producers have 87 per cent of the hay crop cut and 63 per cent has been baled or put into silage. Hay crop quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 73 per cent good and 23 per cent fair. 

Disease, hail and insects have caused the majority of crop damage. Hail damage was reported in the Bengough, Lisieux, Assiniboia, Cabri and Tyner areas. Some areas are reporting pulse crops are starting to turn. 

Farmers are busy haying and getting harvest equipment ready.

Southwest

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

19

25

27

35

6

24

33

% good

50

52

61

55

78

68

57

% fair

22

23

12

10

16

8

10

% poor

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

% very poor

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

30

34

32

17

9

26

N/A

% good

56

58

58

67

68

59

N/A

% fair

13

8

10

14

21

15

N/A

% poor

0

0

0

2

2

0

N/A

% very poor

1

0

0

0

0

0

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)

Warmer temperatures are needed to help advance crops. Over the past couple of weeks, cooler than normal nighttime temperatures have slowed crop development. Temperatures at night have dipped to 5 C. However, the cool weather has extended flowering of crops in most cases, resulting in the potential for good yields. Frequent rain showers have slowed haying progress and hay in the swath is losing quality. Precipitation recorded ranged from nil to 36 mm (Quill Lake area).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and four per cent short. 

Livestock producers now have 77 per cent of the hay crop cut and 55 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as six per cent excellent, 66 per cent good, 26 per cent fair and two per cent poor. 

The majority of crop damage this week is due to flooding and disease. Ascochyta and sclerotinia in pulses and smut in cereals has been reported in some areas. Winter cereals are starting to turn.

Farmers are busy haying and getting equipment ready for harvest.

East-central

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

10

10

26

33

19

21

32

% good

59

59

64

59

70

69

57

% fair

22

29

10

8

10

9

10

% poor

9

2

0

0

1

1

1

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

20

46

38

34

20

N/A

N/A

% good

67

48

53

55

62

N/A

N/A

% fair

12

6

9

11

18

N/A

N/A

% poor

1

0

0

0

0

N/A

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

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 very little rainfall for the week. Crop reporters have indicated conditions are still quite dry and crops need moisture to help with filling, especially the later seeded crops and those on lighter soil. Crops are slowly advancing in the cool weather. Nighttime temperatures were recorded at 4 C for a couple of nights. Rainfall reported in the past week ranged from nil to 20 mm (Luseland area).

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 56 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and three per cent very short on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as four per cent surplus, 49 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Crop District 7B is reporting 50 and 42 per cent short of topsoil moisture on cropland and hay, respectively.

The west-central region is furthest along in haying operations. Most of the region missed heavy rain allowing haying operations to progress. There is still heavy dew in the morning so most of the cutting starts in the afternoon.  Livestock producers have 90 per cent of the hay crop cut and 77 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 15 per cent excellent, 80 per cent good and five per cent fair. 

Very little crop damage was reported in the region. Dry conditions and disease (smut, sclerotinia and ascochyta) are causing the majority of crop stress.

Producers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.

West-central

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

24

33

27

29

29

27

29

% good

73

50

58

61

56

56

60

% fair

3

17

15

10

14

17

11

% poor

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

30

44

31

22

28

N/A

N/A

% good

57

49

60

68

67

N/A

N/A

% fair

13

7

8

8

5

N/A

N/A

% poor

0

0

1

2

0

N/A

N/A

% very poor

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

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)

Crops are in good condition for the most part, although some heat is needed to advance maturity of the crops. Haying progress has slowed due to rain interruptions. There are reports of hay quality loss in the swath due to moisture. Some areas are indicating very wet field conditions and crops are showing signs of excess moisture stress. Most areas recorded rain this past week. Rainfall in the region ranged from two to 43 mm (Garrick area).

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as 26 per cent surplus and 74 per cent adequate. Crop districts 8A and 9AE are reporting 45 and 50 per cent of their respective cropland acres to have surplus moisture.    

Livestock producers now have 79 per cent of the hay crop cut and 58 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 12 per cent excellent, 75 per cent good and 13 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

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

5

4

20

5

22

14

17

% good

72

48

50

50

56

50

66

% fair

14

41

21

35

15

29

15

% poor

9

7

8

5

6

4

2

% very poor

0

0

1

5

1

3

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

14

N/A

12

N/A

7

N/A

N/A

% good

50

N/A

60

N/A

72

N/A

N/A

% fair

27

N/A

18

N/A

19

N/A

N/A

% poor

8

N/A

8

N/A

1

N/A

N/A

% very poor

1 N/A 2 N/A 1 N/A 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)

Crops are looking good in the region for the most part, although crop development is behind due to cool weather over the past couple of weeks. Four degrees Celsius was reported for a couple of nights. Some heat and sunshine would be appreciated to continue with haying operations and advance the crop. Precipitation ranged from nil to 28 mm (Pierceland area).   

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as three per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short.  

Livestock producers made good progress with haying during the past week. Eighty-four per cent of the hay crop is cut and 59 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 23 per cent excellent, 69 per cent good and eight per cent fair.   

The majority of crop damage this week is attributed to insects and flooding. Grasshoppers have been reported in the Barthel, Meadow Lake, Dorintosh and Pierceland areas.

Producers are busy haying, hauling grain and cleaning bins.

Northwest

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

Spring wheat

Durum

Oat

Barley

Flax

% excellent

6

4

17

N/A

27

13

36

% good

84

86

74

N/A

70

79

54

% fair

10

10

7

N/A

3

7

10

% poor

0

0

2

N/A

0

1

0

% very poor

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

% excellent

14

N/A

23

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% good

76

N/A

63

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% fair

8

N/A

10

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% poor

2

N/A

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

% very poor

0

N/A

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

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