Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:30

Crop seeding progressing in Saskatchewan

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Thanks to warm and dry weather, Saskatchewan producers have 15 per cent of the 2016 crop seeded, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.


The five-year (2011-2015) seeding average for this time of year is four per cent.
Many producers in the south have been seeding for several weeks, while those in the rest of the province are just getting into the field.
Seeding is most advanced in the southwest, where producers have 35 per cent of the crop in the ground. Eighteen per cent of the crop is seeded in the southeast; six per cent in the west-central region; three per cent in  the northwest; two per cent in the east-central region; and one per cent in the northeast.
Provincially, 35 per cent of the lentils have been seeded; 31 per cent of the field peas; 26 per cent of the mustard; 24 per cent of the chickpeas; 22 per cent of the durum; 15 per cent of the soybeans; 11 per cent of the barley; nine per cent of the flax; eight per cent of the canola; seven per cent of the spring wheat and canaryseed and six per cent of the oats. 
Very little to no rain fell on the province last week, although parts of the southwest received about half an inch.
Many parts of the south and west will need rain soon to help crops germinate and emerge.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and four per cent very short.
Producers are busy seeding, controlling weeds, working fields and moving cattle.  
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 (For the Period April 26 to May 2)
Producers in the southwest now have 35 per cent of the crop seeded, significantly up from eight per cent last week.
Crop District 4B has 51 per cent of the crop in the ground, 3AN 42 per cent, 3BN 38 per cent, 3BS 35 per cent, 4A 29 per cent and 3ASW 10 per cent.
Fifty-four per cent of the lentils, 48 per cent of the field peas, 41 per cent of the barley, 39 per cent of the canola, 31 per cent of the mustard, 28 per cent of the chickpeas and canaryseed, 27 per cent of the durum, 20 per cent of the spring wheat and 10 per cent of the flax have now been seeded. 
Very little rain was received this past week, although the Shaunavon area reported 17 mm.
Since April 1, the Climax area has reported the greatest amount of precipitation (81 mm) for both the region and the province. Warm temperatures, high winds and a lack of precipitation are quickly drying up many fields in the region and there are concerns that crops may not germinate or emerge in some areas. Rain will be needed soon in much of the region.
Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.
Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 48 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short and five per cent very short.
CD 3BN is reporting that 45 per cent of the cropland and 66 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short topsoil moisture, while 19 per cent of the hay land and pasture is very short topsoil moisture at this time. 
The majority of winter cereals in the region came through the winter in good shape, although there are reports that some fields have winterkill damage.
Some producers are considering changing their seeding intentions if moisture does not arrive soon.
There have been reports of field fires in some areas.
Farmers are busy seeding, working fields, controlling weeds and moving cattle.

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