Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:46

Most Sask. farmers have crop in the ground

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Saskatchewan producers now have 81 per cent of the 2017 crop in the ground, right in line with the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year of 82 per cent.  


Wet field conditions and frequent rainfall in many northern areas have delayed progress, and producers there will need a couple more weeks of warm and dry weather.
Seeding is most advanced in the southeast, where producers have 95 per cent of the crop in the ground.  Ninety-four per cent is seeded in the southwest; 80 per cent in the west-central region; 79 per cent in the east-central region; 76 per cent in the northwest and 43 per cent in the northeast.
Ninety-six per cent of lentils, 95 per cent of field peas, 92 per cent of durum, 91 per cent of soybeans, 81 per cent of spring wheat, 80 per cent of flax, 78 per cent of mustard, 76 per cent of canola and 73 per cent of barley have now been seeded.
A slow-moving weather system brought significant rainfall to many areas in the north last week, but missed most of the central and southern parts of the province. The Nipawin area received 65 mm of rain, while many parts of central and southern Saskatchewan received nothing. Fields in the north remain very wet, while many fields in other parts of the province are in need of rain to help crops germinate and emerge.
Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and two per cent very short.
Overall, emerged crops are in fair-to-excellent condition, but emergence has been delayed in many areas by the cool weather and dry field conditions.
The majority of crop damage this week was caused by strong winds, frost, hail, localized flooding and lack of moisture.  
Flea beetles and cutworms have been reported in canola crops, and some fields have had to be re-seeded.
Producers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and picking rocks.
SaskPower reports there have been 91 incidents of farm equipment coming in contact with power poles or lines in May, including 15 incidents between May 22 and 27 alone. Weekly and monthly totals are adjusted on an ongoing basis, as some incidents are not reported to SaskPower immediately after they occur. Producers are urged to be especially careful when using equipment around power lines.  Safety information is available at: www.saskpower.com/safety.
Southwest Sask.
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 May 23-29
Many producers in the region have wrapped up their seeding efforts. Ninety-four per cent of the crop is now in the ground, well ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year of 88 per cent. While many producers have completed seeding, others will need another week or more.
Rainfall last week ranged from nil to 9 mm in the Old Wives area. The Rockglen and Limerick areas reported 3 mm of rain, the Eyebrow area 2 mm, the Hazenmore, Gull Lake and Tyner areas 7 mm, the Tompkins area 8 mm and the Shaunavon and Rush Lake areas 4 mm. The Gull Lake area has reported receiving the most precipitation (69 mm) in the region since April 1.
Strong winds continue to dry out topsoil in the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 60 per cent adequate and 40 per cent short. Crop District 4B is reporting 33 per cent of cropland and 67 per cent of hay land and pasture are short of topsoil moisture.
A significant rain will be needed soon to help crops germinate and emerge and pastures grow. There are concerns crop and hay yields will be negatively affected if rain is not received soon.
Overall, emerged crops are in fair-to-excellent condition, but emergence has been delayed in many areas by the cool weather and dry field conditions.
Most of the crop damage this past week was caused by frost, lack of moisture and strong winds.
Flea beetles, cutworms and wireworms have also caused damage in some areas. Strong winds have not only delayed herbicide applications but have caused soil to erode and drift in many fields.
Farmers are busy seeding, controlling weeds and moving cattle.

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