Sunday November 23, 2014

Area crop progression on schedule


Producers in the southeast area are reporting, for the most part, that their crops are on schedule, but some delays are being caused by the weather.

Organic wheat and barley producer Wayne Vilcu of the Halbrite and Griffin area said his crops were not behind schedule.

“We’re just watching for disease,” he said.

Vilcu said that weeds can become a problem when damp and overcast weather is consistent.
He added that some sunlight and heat is needed at this point in time.

According to the provincial crop report for the week of June 10 to 16, warm and dry weather is needed to dry fields and to develop crops.

The seeding progress in Saskatchewan is 95 per cent completed.

In the southeastern region seeding is 91 per cent complete.  This is ahead of the five-year average of 81 per cent for this time of year.

Seeding progress was slowed down this week due to cool and wet conditions. Some fields will not be seeded this year because of excess moisture. Some producers hope to seed greenfeed crops if field conditions and time permit.

“I think we’re maybe a little bit behind last year’s pace,” said Richard Wawro who farms near Cedoux. “Basically we’ve been fairly lucky with not having a lot of rainfall however we needed it to warm up and get growing.”

Wawro said he thinks that more crop was seeded by this time last year due to cooler weather this year.

In the RM of Wellington, Wawro said that producers in the area are doing pretty well.
“In certain pockets, guys have lost a bit of their production,” he said.

Now, Wawro is spraying for weeds. Last week, he was spraying for cutworms in canola.

“Basically everything is in good shape,” Wawro said. “We need a little warm weather and we’ve had fairly limited flooded. Things should be looking good.”

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture are 14 per cent surplus and 86 per cent adequate.

Most crops are in fair to excellent condition. Some crops received damage from flooding, wind, insects such as wireworms, cutworms and flea beetles.

Fall cereals in the southeast region are being reported as 51 per cent behind and 49 per cent normal.

Spring cereals in the southeast region are reported as 66 per cent behind, 30 per cent normal and four per cent ahead.

Oilseeds in the region are being reported as 68 per cent behind, 28 per cent normal and four per cent ahead.

 Pulse crops for the southeast are reported as 67 per cent behind, 25 per cent normal and eight per cent ahead.

Producer Brad Eggum of the Midale area said he finished seeding his crop a little later, in the first week of June.

“We’d like to see a bit more heat,” producer Brad Eggum said. “It’s been through a fairly wide window of seeding.”

Eggum has seeded spring wheat, canola and soybeans this year.

“Everything is in the ground and emerging well and the early stuff is looking powerful,” he said.
“The later crops just need sunshine and warmth at this point,” Eggum said.

According to the crop report, crops are in fair to excellent condition in the southeastern part of the province.

There was some damage to crops due to localized flooding, wind and insects including cutworms, flea beetles and wireworms. Rain has delayed spraying in some areas.


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