Provincial Progress

According to the weekly crop report for July 4th - 10th, most crops across the province are developing normally. 56% of fall cereals, 64% of spring wheat, 62% of oil seeds and 75% of pulse crops are at their normal stage of development.

24% of the hay crop is cut and another 39% is baled or put into silage. Hay quality is rated as 17% excellent, 59% good, 22% fair and 2% poor. Pasture growth has been limited in the past week.

Although a few areas did received moisture, most of the province remains dry. Rainfall will be needed to help crops develop and replenish topsoil.

Cropland topsoil moisture has been rated as 2% surplus, 41% adequate, 46% short and 11% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 3% surplus, 32% adequate, 49% short and 16% very short.

Temperatures and the lack of moisture continue to cause crop damage. Many Southern and Central areas have seen less than 100mm of rain since April 1st. Due to the stress of the heat, crops in these areas are short, thin and heading out or flowering earlier than normal. Other sources of damage include hail, localized flooding, wind and insects.

In the coming weeks, producers will continue haying, scouting for diseases and insects, applying fungicides and hauling grain.

West Central Region Progress

The West Central Region is ahead of the provincial average with 28% of hay crop cut and 44% baled or put into silage.

Shannon Friesen, Crop Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, compared this years progress to 2016, "We are about a week behind where we were at last year overall. Of course, last year things were fairly optimal, lots of rain and lots of moisture in the soil. Crop conditions are in worse shape as well due to lack of moisture and intense heat."

Hay quality is rated as 22% excellent, 44% good, 30% fair and 4% poor. Hay yields are lower than normal, in a few cases by at least 50%.

Friesen says there could be a second chance at haying if the weather improves, "We've heard from producers that hay yields are less than normal, from a quarter to even half of what they would typically expect. Of course, that is still the first cut of hay so if we get some moisture over the next couple of weeks there may be a chance for a second cut."

Producers have been looking for alternatives from hay crop due to the lower yields. Friesen said producers could be using crops as feed this year, "We've already heard that producers have been thinking about using some of their crops as livestock feed. In those cases, we do encourage they talk with crop insurance to see what their options are and a livestock specialist or nutritionist that can help them with proper rations and feeding."

The region continues to have hot and dry weather. A few areas received a small amount of rain. The Dinsmore area had the most rainfall this past week with 35mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions have suffered due to the weather. Cropland moisture is rated as 1% surplus, 53% adequate, 40% short and 6% very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at 47% adequate, 40% short and 13% very short.

Overall, crops are still at their normal stages of development and in fair to excellent conditions. Damage can be attributed to the heat, as well as hail, wind and insects.

Friesen notes that the heat could result in lower yields for crops, "If we don't get rain, thing may continue. The heat have actually helped advance the crops. Many areas where things are dry things are prematurely advancing. Ideally, crops tend to flower for a long period of time so we can get more pods and more yield. In some cases with the heat, flowering windows have been shortened, crops are thin and stunted and prematurely advancing."

Producers will be busy haying, applying fungicides and scouting for insects and diseases in the coming weeks.

Ag News

Durum Summit set to address key issues

You may not realize it but Canada supply’s about 50% of the global durum market, the majority of that durum comes from southwest Saskatchewan. Next week, key players in the Durum sector are gathering…

Market outlook warns of overproduction

The senior market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions says farmers have had to work harder over the past couple of marketing years. Neil Townsend notes in the past, high prices seemed to always…

Positive news are mustard in 2018

The Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission held their AGM last week. Executive Director Kevin Hursh says last year at this time Mustard pricing didn’t look all that competitive compared to some…

Huge Potential for Drones in Agriculture

Drones have a lot of potential for crop mapping, scouting analysis, and variable rate fertilizers. That from Nicholas Gust with Alta Drone, based out of Lethbridge. Gust says drones have some…

New Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Board of Directors have first meeting

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has formally installed its new Board of Directors. The first meeting of the new Board took place yesterday. Laura Reiter is the new Board chair and farms…

Cattle Markets Begin 2018 On A Positive Note

Fed cattle prices have been quite strong through the holidays. That from Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst with Canfax. "It was a fairly strong market the last couple of weeks. Western…

Marlene Boersch gives market outlook for wheat and canola in Canada

One of the presenters at CropSphere was Marlene Boersch with Mercantile Consulting Venture. She gave the market outlook presentations for wheat and canola. When it comes to wheat, there’s not a lot…

Ag Minister says Federal Government is responsible for regulations growing marijuana

July 2018 is the deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana across the country. That opens the door to a potential new crop for some producers. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the…

Key funding for ongoing research into crop development announced

The Federal and Provincial Governments announced key funding for ongoing research into crop development. Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Agriculture…

Tornado hunter talks to farmers about risk at SaskCanola AGM

SaskCanola held their AGM earlier this week in Saskatoon. One of the keynote speakers at the event was the Tornado Hunter Greg Johnson. Johnson, who lives in Regina, says farmers and storm chases are…

Flax Council of Canada closing its doors at the end of the month

The Flax Council of Canada is closing its doors January 31st on it's Winnipeg Office. Eric Fridfinnson, Chair of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, fills us in on what’s happening. "What has…

Yellow-seeded canaryseed available for the first time

The Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan held its annual general meeting yesterday as part of Crop Production Week. Chuck Penner with Leftfield Commodity gave the market report at the…

Two honored for their contributions to agriculture at Crop Sphere

Crop Sphere activities continue today at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers handed out their Pulse Promoter Award to Dr. Steve Shirtliffe, a professor in the Department…

New $125,000 Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart yesterday announced a new $125,000 agreement for Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation. This five-year sponsorship provides the same level of funding as the…

MacAulay Speaks At American Farm Bureau Federation Convention

Federal Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay travelled this week to Nashville, Tennessee, where he delivered a keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 2018 annual convention.…

35th Western Canadian Crop Production Show opens today

Growing with you is the theme for the 35th Anniversary of the Western Canadian Crop Production Show. The annual event opens today at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Agriculture Manager Lori Cates says…

Prairie provinces primed to benefit from increase in demand for plant-based protein

The prairie provinces primed to capitalize on the growth of the global middle class. That from Carlo Dade, Director of the Trade & Investment Centre with the Canada West Foundation. The public policy…

Last week's cold temperatures put strain on livestock and feed

Last week’s frigid temperatures were as hard on us it’s also hard on livestock. The cold temperatures meant producers went through a lot of feed trying to keep the energy level and condition up in…

Moisture needed for tame and native grasslands to recover from wildfires

Wildfires in the southwest and western half of the province last fall destroyed a significant portion of tame and native grassland. A number of factors will play into the recovery of the tame and…

Premier cautiously optimistic about the formation of Nutrien

Premier Brad Wall is cautiously optimistic about the formation of Nutrien. That’s the new company created with the recently approved merger of Potash Corp and Agrium. He notes the companies have made…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Heartland Health Influenza Clinics

23 October 2017 8:00 pm - 22 January 2018 6:00 pm

Heartland Health Region, Rosetown





Kindersley Community Service Group "Chase The Ace"

12 December 2017 5:00 pm - 20 September 2018 11:00 pm

Kindersley





Kindersley Trip of the Month

18 December 2017 11:00 pm - 30 April 2018 5:00 pm

Kinderlsey, Kindersley





Rosetown AAA Redwings Allan Cup Schedule

05 January 2018 9:30 am - 14 April 2018 10:30 pm

Rosetown Arena, Rosetown





Rosetown Allan Cup "Ticket Purchase"

12 January 2018 9:00 am - 14 April 2018 6:00 pm

Rosetown Arena, Rosetown





Rosetown Allan Cup "Volunteers Needed"

12 January 2018 10:00 pm - 14 April 2018 6:00 am

Rosetown Arena, Rosetown





Delisle Comunity Chapel "How to paint with water colours"

16 January 2018 6:00 pm

Delisle Community Chapel, Delisle





Login