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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One year ago

Fifty-nine per cent of the 2010 crop had been seeded. Rain continued to delay seeding progress. Crop damage was due to flooding and frost.

 

Seeding Progress in SK
Per cent seeded

All Crops

May 30/11

70

5 year avg.
(2006-2010)

81

May 31/10

59

June 1/09

95

June 1/08

97

May 27/07

75

May 28/06

80

Seventy per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. The five year (2006-2010) average for this time of year is approximately 81 per cent seeded. In 2010, 59 per cent of the crop was seeded at this time.

Significant seeding progress was made in western and northern regions during the past week. Producers in the eastern and southern regions made very little progress as the weather and field conditions continue to be a challenge. The majority of the southern and eastern regions are dealing with very wet soil conditions and flooding. Since April 1st, 2011, many areas have recorded over eight inches of rain, with some areas reporting over 10 inches of rain.

The southeast is reporting 32 per cent seeded, the southwest and east-central are reporting 64 per cent, the west-central 92 per cent, the northeast and northwest are reporting 93 per cent seeded.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 35 per cent surplus, 57 per cent adequate ad eight per cent short. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.

Sixty-seven per cent of the oilseeds, spring cereals, and pulse crops are behind normal in development. Fifty-one per cent of the winter cereals are at normal stage of development for this time of year. The majority of crops that have emerged are in fair to good condition.

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

   

 

 

  


 

 

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

 

SE region
Crop District

% seeded
(May 30, 2011)

1A

13

1B

19

2A

18

2B

60

3ASE

40

region average

32

5 year region average
(2006-2010)

85

Rain throughout the week kept most producers out of the fields. Thirty-two per cent of the 2011 crop is in the ground. However, depending on the area, seeding progress ranges from one to 85 per cent complete. Many crop reporters have not turned a wheel for over a week. Some acres that were seeded are now flooded. Crop reporters are predicting there will be significant acres not seeded this year.

Rainfall in the region ranged from 11 mm to 53 mm. The Stoughton area reported 49 mm of rain for the week, the Carnduff area 14 mm, the Tantallon area 52 mm, the Maryfield area 12 mm, the Pangman and Radville areas 53 mm, the Vibank area 48 mm, the Indian Head area 22 mm and the Ceylon area 20mm. Some areas have recorded over 250 mm of rain since April 1.

The majority of the producers in the region continue to struggle with wet and flooded conditions. Access to fields is a major issue as roads are washed out, flooded, or very soft. Crop reporters have indicated some farmers are trying alternative seeding methods, such as broadcast and harrow. Some are changing seeding intentions. Crop reporters are predicting there will be a shift to oats, barley, and possibly flax if the fields dry up enough in time to put the crop in. Mostly canola and wheat have been seeded. Earlier seeded crops are starting to emerge. Farm yards, corrals, pasture, and hay land is flooded, partially flooded, and very soft. Many cattle producers are still feeding cattle as road access to pasture in limited.

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are 82 per cent surplus and 18 per cent adequate. Hay and pasture land is rated as 73 per cent surplus and 27 per cent adequate.

Flooding is the cause of most crop damage. Ninety- two per cent of the spring cereals and oilseeds, 77 per cent of the fall cereals, and 84 per cent of the pulse crops are behind normal in development. Crop reporters have indicated it is difficult to assess crop conditions as they are just emerging.

Farmers are busy seeding, calving. and hauling cattle to pasture.  Producers are hoping for clear skies and good drying weather.

 

 


 

 

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

SW region
Crop District

% Seeded
(May 30, 2011)

3ASW

41

3AN

64

3BS

48

3BN

89

4A

44

4B

81

region average

64

5 year region average
(2006-2010)

88

The south west made some seeding progress this past week, in between rain, with 64 per cent of the 2011 crop seeded. Seeding progress varies across the region from 15 to 99 per cent seeded. Many areas received over 40 mm of rain this past week. Early seeded crops are starting to emerge. Moisture conditions vary from field to field. Rain was recorded across most of the region and caused large sloughs and saturated field conditions. Due to rain, some producers have been out of the field for over a week. Areas in the northern part of the region made some seeding progress. There are reports of producers thinking of changing seeding plans. Crop reporters are indicating a significant number of acres will go unseeded this year.

The Bengough area recorded 74 mm of rain, the Limerick area 55 mm, the Coderre area 69 mm, the Mankota area 52 mm, the Rush Lake area 34 mm, the Maple Creek area 70 mm and the Leader area 20 mm.

Access to fields is difficult due to impassable roads in some areas. Livestock producers are supplement feeding cattle on pasture until the grass gets a head start. Crops are starting to emerge.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 50 per cent surplus and 50 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 38 per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Crop damage is mostly due to flooding. Eighty-six per cent of oilseeds, 77 per cent of pulse crops, and 83 per cent of the spring cereals are behind normal in development. Sixty-eight per cent of the winter cereals are at normal stages of development. Crop reporters have indicated it is difficult to assess crop conditions as crops are just emerging.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, calving and hauling cattle to pasture. Producers are hoping for clear skies and good drying weather.

 

 


 

 

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

EC region
Crop District

% Seeded
(May 30, 2011)

5A

44

5B

69

6A

76

region average

64

5 year region average
(2006-2010)

72

The east central region made decent seeding progress in some areas, especially at the beginning of the week. Rain during the weekend halted seeding operations once again. Producers in the region now have 64 per cent of the 2011 crop in the ground. Seeding progress in the region ranges from five to 95 per cent complete. CD 6A is furthest ahead with seeding progress. CD 5B made good progress, especially in the northern part of the district, and gained another 30 per cent seeded. Fields are wet in these districts, but for the most part able to support machinery. In CD 5A, fields are still very wet and unable to support seeding equipment in some areas.

The Langenburg area received 37 mm, the Dysart area 33 mm, the Elfros area 24 mm, the Quill Lake area 5 mm, the Kelvington area 8 mm, the Bethune area 38 mm, the Kenaston area 10 mm, and the Craik area 20 mm.

Crops are emerging. Some producers are looking at alternative seeding methods, such as broadcast and harrow, and airplanes. Crop reporters are indicating flooding in areas with damaged roads and culverts. Field access is an issue in some areas on the eastern side of the region due to washed out or flooded roads. The RM has been able to fix some roads this week. A significant number of acres are expected to go unseeded this year, especially in the CD's 5A and 5B.

The majority of crop damage is due to flooding. A light frost was reported in some areas. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 26 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate, and three per cent short. The RM's are busy trying to fix roads.

Seventy-nine per cent of the oilseeds and spring cereals, 57 per cent of the pulse crops, and 55 per cent of the winter cereals are behind normal in development.

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

 

 


 

 

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

WC region
Crop District

% Seeded
(May 30, 2011)

6B

88

7A

95

7B

95

Region average

92

5 year region average
(2006-2010)

87

The region made significant seeding progress with 92 per cent of the crop now in the ground. Good progress was made as most areas received very little rain for the week. Seeding progress in the region ranges from 80 to 100 per cent complete. Many producers are hoping to finish seeding by the end of the week, if the weather cooperates. Most of the region recorded rain showers, ranging from zero to 13 mm.

The Conquest area reported 11 mm, the Sonningdale area 3 mm, the Biggar area 13 mm, the Rosetown area 6 mm and the Kerrobert area 2 mm. The Tramping Lake, Cando and Battleford area received no rain for the week.

Peas, lentils, canola, and wheat are emerging and are in good condition. There is still some restricted field access due to impassable roads. Some areas could use a rain to replenish the topsoil, especially on the lighter textured land.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 5 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and 22 per cent short.

A light frost was reported in some areas; however, crop damage is reported to be minimal. Hail was reported in the Conquest area. Fifty-four per cent of the spring cereals, 56 per cent of oilseed and pulses and 49 per cent of the winter cereals are behind normal development. Heat and a little moisture is needed to get the crop up and off to a good start.

Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, rolling pulses, calving and hauling cattle to pasture.

 

 


  

 

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

 

NE region
Crop District

% Seeded
(May 30, 2011)

8A

92

8B

93

9AE

95

Region average

93

5 year region average (2006-2010)

68

Rain showers rolled through much of the region; however, seeding progress was hardly affected. Significant progress was made and producers in the region now have 93 per cent of the 2011 crop in the ground. Seeding progress ranges from 80 to 98 per cent complete within the region. Field access is limited in some areas as roads are very soft. Crops are emerging and are in good condition.

Recorded rain ranged from nil to 17 mm. The Porcupine Plain area received 11 mm, the Nipawin area 5 mm, the Alvena area 17 mm, the Humboldt area 3 mm, and the Garrick area 2 mm. Many areas recorded no rain for the week.

Topsoil moisture on cropland and is rated as eight per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay and pasture land is reported as three per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. The frost reported from the previous week caused some damage to canola and pea crops. There are reports of some producers re-seeding canola. Crops are emerging and are reported to be in good condition.  Sixty-seven per cent of spring cereals, 63 per cent of oilseeds, 70 per cent of pulse crops, and 93 per cent of winter cereals are at normal stages of development.

Farmers are seeding, controlling weeds, calving, and taking cattle to pasture.

 


  

 

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

 

NW region
Crop District

% Seeded
(May 23, 2011)

9AW

96

9B

89

Region average

93

5 year region average
(2006-2010)

83

Most areas recorded no rain for the week.  Producers pushed on with seeding. The region made significant progress over last week with 93 per cent of the 2011 crop seeded. Seeding progress ranges from 50 to 100 per cent complete. Field access is challenging as roads are soft and impassable in some areas. Crops are emerging and are in good condition.

Precipitation ranged from zero to 10 mm. The Hafford area recorded 10 mm and the Duck Lake area recorded 7 mm. Most other areas received trace amounts or no rain. Most reporters are indicating a rain is needed for the emerging crop and pasture and hay land.

Cropland top soil moisture is reported as one per cent surplus, 62 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 55 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short, and one per cent very short.

The crop damage from last week's frost has some producers reseeding in some areas. Other producers have indicated damage was minimal.

Sixty-nine per cent of spring cereals, 63 per cent of oilseeds, 72 per cent of pulse crops, and 81 per cent of winter cereals are at normal stages of development.

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

 


 

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