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East-Central Saskatchewan

Census Division 9 – Calder, Canora, Pelly, Preeceville, Sheho and Yorkton areas
Census Division 10 – Foam Lake, Kelliher, Leroy, Raymore and Wadena areas
Census Division 11 – Davidson, Colonsay, Langham, Lanigan, Nokomis, Outlook and Saskatoon areas


For the Period May 14 to 20, 2024

Seeding has progressed rapidly within the region despite some rain delays this week. Currently, the region has 54 per cent of the crop seeded. This is up 32 per cent from last week’s reported progress but behind the five-year average for the region of 63 per cent.

Rainfall was reported throughout much of the region with the highest rainfall recorded in the Hyas area at 46 mm. The Foam Lake area reported 45 mm and the Yorkton area reported 38 mm over the past week. The Kenaston and Wadena areas received 26 mm and 24 mm respectively. Despite the rainfall over the last couple weeks, producers only report that one per cent of their area within the region did not get seeded this spring due to excess moisture.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined slightly from last week’s reported numbers. Currently, cropland topsoil moisture is estimated at 12 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. Hayland topsoil moisture is reported at two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short. Pasture topsoil moisture is two per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate and 24 per cent short.

Producers are reporting current pasture conditions as 13 per cent excellent, 44 per cent good, 34 per cent fair and nine per cent very poor.

The east-central region is reporting fall and spring cereals at 66 per cent and 49 per cent of their normal stages of development for this time of year, respectively. Twenty-nine per cent of fall cereals are behind the normal stages of development for this time of year, while spring cereals are 49 per cent behind. Fifty-five per cent of oilseeds in the region are reported as being at the normal stages of development while 45 per cent are behind. Of the pulse crops seeded in the region, 65 per cent are at normal stages of development with 35 per cent falling behind the expected development stage for this time of the year.

Producers have reported some crop damage from minor flooding, frost, hail and wind. A few areas within the region also noted some cutworm, wireworm and flea beetle activity.

When weather allows, producers will be seeding, rock picking, harrowing and applying herbicides. Cattle are starting to be moved out to pasture.

East-Central Saskatchewan
Census Division Per cent seeded
(May 20, 2024)
9 40
10 45
11 70
Region average 54

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