Sporadic showers slow seeding progress

Provincial Summary

  •  Variable precipitation over the past week slowed seeding progress in some areas;
  •  Seeding is 20 to 25 per cent complete in the Southwest Region, 55 per cent complete in the Northwest Region, 60 to 75 per cent complete in the Central Region and 75 per cent complete in both the Eastern and Interlake Regions;
  •  Many producers are done seeding their cereal acres and continue to make good seeding progress on other crop types. Some producers are waiting for temperatures to warm up prior to seeding soybeans and sunflowers;
  •  Overall, adequate soil moisture levels for germination and stand establishment exist;
  •  Early-seeded cereal and canola acres continue to emerge.

Southwest Region

In the Southwest Region, rainfall over the past week continued into the weekend and slowed seeding progress in most areas. Isolated storms resulted in rainfall amounts ranging from 10 to 40 mm. On Wednesday evening a thunderstorm went through the Hartney, Elgin, and Carroll areas bringing large hail. There were no reports of crop damage.

Seeding progress varies widely across the Southwest Region with overall seeding progress estimated at 20 to 25 per cent complete. The recent precipitation will likely keep producers out of the fields for a couple of days. Some of the early-seeded cereals are emerging. Winter wheat and fall rye crops continue to do well. Several producers have sprayed for weed control.

Rainfall has benefited growth in pasture and hay lands. Some cattle have been moved to pasture.

Northwest Region

The Northwest Region saw variable amounts of precipitation with accumulation ranging from 15 to 50 mm. Soil moisture is mostly adequate; however, some localized field conditions are now wet through the Fork River, Dauphin and Ste. Rose areas.

Seeding operations progressed well prior to the rainfall with approximately 55 per cent of total acres seeded in the region. No seeding has been done at The Pas due to wet soils.Winter wheat is developing slowly with the cooler temperatures; fertilizer applications are complete.

Wild oats, volunteer canola and cereals, dandelions and other broadleaf weeds are developing. Very little pre-seed herbicide control had been done prior to the rainfall.

The cooler temperatures have delayed development of forages and pastures across the Northwest Region.

Central Region

Scattered rainfall events over the past week resulted in variable accumulation. Many areas reported 10 to 15 mm of rainfall while some areas saw accumulations upwards of 50 mm. Some hail did occur, but there were no reports of crop damage. Most areas report adequate to excellent soil moisture conditions. However, there still remain areas with drier soil conditions.

Precipitation did impact seeding operations for some producers and there were seeding delays. However, field conditions remain good in many areas and several producers are reporting being able to seed corner to corner.

An estimated 60 to 75 per cent of acres in the Central Region are seeded; the southern and eastern areas are the most advanced. Producers have seeded some soybean acres. However, some producers continue to wait for warmer soil temperatures.

Up to 35 per cent of cereal fields have started to emerge; majority of those acres would be in the one-leaf stage. There are some reports of seed sitting in dry soil. Also, in the areas of heaviest rainfall, some soil crusting has occurred. In both instances, precipitation would be welcome. Grassy and broadleaf weeds continue to grow and more pre-seed burn-down will occur.

Winter wheat and fall rye crops look excellent as rapid growth continues for majority of fields. Herbicide application for broadleaf weeds and isolated patches of wild oats continues and should be complete this week.

Forage stands are improving and winter survival has been excellent for majority of fields. Both hay and pasture lands are noticeably greener.

Eastern Region

The region received variable precipitation. Topsoil moisture conditions for the majority of annual cropland in the Eastern Region remain adequate, although there are significant differences between areas. In the drier areas of the region, adjustments of seeding depth for some crop types are occurring.

Seeding continued across the region last week and progress is estimated at 75 per cent complete.

Fall-seeded cereal stands continue to be in good condition with substantial tillering and growth. Final fertilizer applications are complete; weed control applications continue.

Hay land and pasture conditions range from fair to poor. Topsoil moisture conditions on the majority of hay and pasture lands remains drier when compared to cropland.

Interlake Region

Scattered showers fell across the region with amounts ranging from nine mm in the southern areas to 25 mm in the northern areas. The precipitation was welcome as surface soil moisture conditions were dry in some areas.

Seeding of cereal crops is almost complete across the region. Canola seeding is estimated at 60 per cent complete in southern areas of the region, while areas in the north Interlake has only just started. Fertilizer applications on winter wheat are being fed on pasture and planting of soybean and corn will continue. Grazing has started on some farms. Hay land and pasture growth has improved with the recent rain.

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