Saskatchewan Seeding Surges Past Halfway Complete



Mostly dry weather and few disruptions in fieldwork allowed Saskatchewan seeding to surge past the halfway mark this past week.

According to the latest weekly crop report, an estimated 51% of the province’s crop was in the ground as of Monday. That’s up from just 18% a week earlier and now matches the five-year average. Last year at this time, 73% of the crop was in.

Dry conditions allowed seeding to progress steadily for most producers, the report said. For those producers with 2019 crop left to harvest, the lack of precipitation allowed them to get into fields that were previously too wet to combine. However, the report did note that limited precipitation and windy conditions throughout the province slightly reduced topsoil moisture conditions.

Cropland topsoil moisture rated as 2% surplus, 75% adequate, 20% short and 3% very short as of Monday, compared to 5% surplus, 84 % adequate and 11% short the previous week.

An estimated 74% of the crop was seeded in the southwest region as of Monday, followed by 59% in the west-central, 57% in the southeast, 38% in the northwest, 32% in the east-central and 26% in the northeast.

In terms of individual crops, 82% of the field peas had been planted as of Monday, along with 78% of the lentils, 71% of the durum, 69% of the chickpeas, 51% of the spring wheat, 42% of the barley and 38% of the canola.

Southeast:

Currently 57 per cent of seeding is complete in the region, up from 23 per cent last week. This is slightly behind the five-year average of 61 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year. Within the region 83 per cent of the field peas, 81 per cent of the lentils, 71 per cent of the durum, 61 per cent of the chickpeas, 59 per cent of the spring wheat, 58 per cent of the canary seed, 55 per cent of the barley, 46 per cent of the oats, canola and soybeans and 33 per cent of the flax has been seeded to date.

Earlier seeded crops have started to emerge in the region. Weeds are also emerging, but windy conditions this past week have prevented many farmers from being able to spray herbicides. Minimal rainfall has allowed for seeding to progress but farmland will need moisture soon to support crop and pasture growth.

There were scattered showers in some areas of the region this week. The Maryfield and Radville areas received the highest amount of rain at approximately 12 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Southwest:

Seventy-four per cent of the crop is seeded in the southwest, which is ahead the five-year average (2015-2019) of 66 per cent for this time of year. Eighty-six per cent of the field peas, 83 per cent of the canola, 81 per cent of the mustard, 79 per cent of the chickpeas, 73 per cent of the lentils, 72 per cent of the durum, 71 per cent of the barley, 69 per cent of the spring wheat, 57 per cent of the oats and 54 per cent of the flax has been seeded to date.

Windy conditions have resulted in soil drying and have prevented many farmers from spraying herbicides. There was minimal precipitation in the southwest region this week, ranging from none to 14 mm in some areas around Shaunavon.

Much of the crop has been seeded and some is starting to emerge. Rain would be welcome in most areas to support crop development and help green up the pastures. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and three per cent very short.

East-Central:

There was very little precipitation in the region and farmers were able to make significant seeding progress and get into fields that were previously too wet. Seeding is up from seven per cent last week to 32 per cent of the crop seeded to date. This is just behind the five-year average of 37 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year.

Eighty-two per cent of the lentils, 64 per cent of the durum, 63 per cent of the field peas, 35 per cent of the spring wheat, 30 per cent of the barley and 15 per cent of the oats are seeded to date.

Most of the region received very little to no rainfall this week. The Ituna area received the highest amount of rain with only four mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 56 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

West-Central:

Farmers made significant progress seeding this week. Currently, 59 per cent of seeding is complete in the region, which is ahead of the five-year average (2015-2019) of 48 per cent for this time of year. Ninety per cent of the field peas, 85 per cent of the lentils, 66 per cent of the durum, 56 per cent of the canola, 53 per cent of the canary seed, 51 per cent of the mustard, 50 per cent of the spring wheat, 45 per cent of the barley, 37 per cent of the oats and 24 per cent of the flax has been seeded to date.

Windy conditions have continued to dry out the soil in the region, and many fields require rainfall to support germination and crop development. There have been reports of a wildfire between the Biggar and Perdue areas. The Cando area received the highest amount of rainfall with seven mm.

Cool overnight temperatures and limited moisture have slowed hay land and pasture plant growth. With limited precipitation and strong winds, topsoil moisture conditions have been declining. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 57 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Northeast:

It has been warm and windy this week in the northeast region. This made it possible for farmers to get into fields that previously were too wet. Twenty-six per cent of the crop is seeded, which is up from three per cent last week and behind the five-year average of 33 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year.

Seventy-two per cent of the field peas, 50 per cent of the spring wheat, 37 per cent of the canary seed, 32 per cent of the barley, 24 per cent of the oats, 12 per cent of the canola and 10 per cent of the flax has been seeded to date.

With a wildfire in the Fort à la Corne Provincial Forest and windy conditions, some crop reporters have noted large amounts of smoke in their areas. Windy conditions have also prevented some farmers from spraying. There were trace amounts of rain in the region this week, with the Lakeland and Paddockwood areas north of Prince Albert receiving three mm of rainfall.

Fields have been drying up nicely with wet spots only in the lower areas of fields. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and five per cent short.

Northwest:

Farmers in the northwest planted 30 per cent more of the crop this week, bringing seeding progress to 38 per cent complete in the region. This is behind the five-year average (2015-2019) of 45 percent for this time of year. Within the region 89 per cent of the field peas, 81 per cent of the lentils, 61 per cent of the spring wheat, 37 per cent of the barley, 23 per cent of the canola and 10 per cent of the oats are seeded to date.

The eastern areas of the region received a small amount of rain on Monday, whereas the western areas received very little to none. The Mayfair area received the highest amount of precipitation in the province with around 15 mm.

Cold temperatures and frost over the past week have slowed pasture growth in some areas of the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 95 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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