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West-Central Saskatchewan

Census Division 12 – Biggar, Delisle, Rosetown and Sonningdale areas
Census Division 13 – Cut Knife, Kerrobert, Kindersley, Macklin, Plenty and Wilkie areas

For the Period May 28 to June 3, 2024

Producers made considerable progress over the past week.  The region is currently reporting 92 per cent seeding completion, up from 71 per cent last week. This falls behind the five-year average of 99 per cent.

Seeding is near completion for field peas. Flax is 95 per cent complete followed by spring wheat at 94 per cent. Canola and lentils both reporting 93 per cent completion. Barley is 89 per cent, mustard is 88 per cent and triticale is 87 per cent complete within the region. Perennial forage is reported at 86 per cent complete followed by durum and canary seed which are both reported at 85 per cent complete. Oats are 82 per cent complete. The crops that are furthest behind are chickpeas at 57 per cent and soybeans at 46 per cent.

Rainfall was variable throughout the region over the past week. The highest rainfall recorded was in the Asquith area at 41 mm followed by the Rosetown area at 38 mm. The Biggar area received 30 mm, the Smiley area reported 22 mm and the Marsden area reported 18 mm.

Regular rainfall within the region continues to improve topsoil moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is reported at one per cent surplus, 96 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hayland topsoil moisture is one per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

Crop development is slower than expected for this time of year due to the cooler temperatures and seeding delays.

  • Sixty-three per cent of winter cereals are in the tillering stage, 28 per cent at stem elongation and nine per cent at flag leaf.
  • Thirty-two per cent of spring cereals are at the pre-emergent stage, 56 per cent at the seedling stage and 12 per cent are at the tillering stage.
  • Twenty-five per cent of pulse crops are at the pre-emergent stage with 71 per cent at the seedling stage and four per cent at the vegetative stage of development.
  • Forty per cent of canola and mustard are at the pre-emergent stage and 60 per cent are at the seedling stage.
  • Sixty-two per cent of the flax is at the pre-emergent stage with 23 per cent at the seedling stage and 15 per cent starting stem elongation.

Overall, crop damage was reported as minor for the week with damage caused by excessive moisture, wind and waterfowl. Producers are continuing to monitor areas for flea beetles, cutworms and grasshoppers.

As producers work to complete seeding, they are also busy starting in-crop spraying when the weather allows, land rolling and rock picking. Some producers are finishing calving and many are moving cattle to pasture.

West-Central Saskatchewan
Census Division Per cent seeded
(June 3, 2024)
12 93
13 91
Region average 92

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