The Lloydminster region has hit the ground running to begin the 2015 seeding season, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s first crop report of the year which was released on May 7.
“In the Lloydminster area, it’s been a fairly steady last number of weeks, mostly because there hasn’t been a lot of rain interruptions,” said Daphne Cruise, cropping management specialist for the Government of Saskatchewan.
Per the crop report, nine per cent of the seed in District 9B, which includes the Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas, has been planted. That figure is four per cent ahead of District 9AW, which includes Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas.
Cruise says that similar to previous years, pulses, canola and wheat top the list of crops already planted in the local district.
“After the wheat, we might see some things like flax, and maybe some oats go in,” she said. “But the northwest, typically the last couple years, has had dryer conditions compared to the east side of the province. So things are going fairly well for them this year.”
Cruise says that no major planting issues have been reported in the Lloydminster region, though some could be on the horizon if the skies don’t open up soon.
“I think there’s a few areas actually that may want some rain, just because things are getting a little bit dryer out there,” she said. “Typically, we like to see things seeded before we ask for rain, but as the time goes on there will be more of a critical time for rain here, to get some of that dry soil in better condition to germinate some seeds and get the crop off to a good start.”
Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland in northwestern Saskatchewan were rated as 94 per cent adequate, while hay land and pasture moisture received a 92 per cent adequate rating.
Fourteen per cent of the 2015 crop is in the ground, which is well-above the previous five-year average of two per cent.