SEEDING REPORTS: ‘We weren’t taking any chances’

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April 27 to May 4

Waiting for weeds to germinate, then to spray Roundup for a burnoff before direct seeding. — Calgary, May 2

We started seeding on April 22. As of today, we have completed 2,800 acres. All of our cereals have been planted and we have started on canola. For the first time ever we have planted 160 acres of corn. Have had a few rain showers on Sunday, April 29 and Monday, May 1. We expect to be back in the field on May 2. More canola to do, then 700 acres of soybeans. Moisture conditions in this area are ideal. — Starbuck, Man., May 1

North of the Quill Lakes (east of Saskatoon) the conditions are very good for a start about May 7. — Humboldt, Sask., May 1

Started on April 25 with canola, put in 240 acres (of) canola and 70 acres in wheat before it started to rain. Seeding because we believe the earlier the better. — Summerberry, Sask., April 30

We farm in southern Manitoba on the Escarpment (higher elevation). It is usually a cooler, slightly shorter growing season and quite often a little later frost date. We started seeding wheat on April 27. Should be done wheat in a day or two, providing there is no rain. We don’t seed canola before the 10th of May. Ground here is too cold and frost is very likely till May 15. — Miami, Man., April 30

Farm halfway between Tisdale and Nipawin in northeastern Saskatchewan. Not seeding yet, but low spots are drying quickly despite cool weather. Depending on predicted showers, could be applying fertilizer and seed(ing) peas late week. –– April 30

Seeding has not started here yet — it is about 10-14 days away due to excess moisture and low soil temperature. — Yellow Creek, Sask., April 30

We started seeding on the 25th of April, soil condition were very good and dry; we seeded through low spots that we haven’t been able to seed for two years. We put in 1,100 acres of malt barley and will go to lentils next, had 10 millimetres rain now, so we need a couple more days of sunshine. — Sedley, Sask., April 30

We started seeding April 24. We started with barley and were quite surprised to be able to seed into moisture without any difficulty. We had hardly any snow this winter and expected to have challenges with seed placement. We also started canola on the 26th with our planter and found again a very good seed bed. — MacGregor, Man., April 30

We hope to be seeding fababeans today. This will be the first crop we will be planting this year. We have been ready for over a week but unfortunately get a two- to five-mm rain every second day. For the month of April we have received 62.5 mm of rain and approximately 20 cm of wet snow. We are probably 25 mm of rain away from a disaster similar to last year where we only planted with an airplane. — Churchbridge, Sask., April 30

We started seeding April 24, about 40 miles southeast of Regina. We did 300 acres durum, then 200 of peas before it started raining. Excellent conditions; quite wet still, though. Will begin again when this system finishes. Went for a long field walk yesterday and am surprised how quickly the water is drying up most places from the excessive moisture left from last year. We started already because it is nice to make sure the equipment is ready to go for the rush when it starts in late April/early May. It also spreads out the workload at spraying and harvest and spreads out risk. — Francis, Sask., April 30

We began seeding approximately April 9, on dryland and dryland pivot corners. To this point we have two circles of winter wheat in (and looking very nice despite our concerns of an open winter), approximately 70 per cent of our spring cereals are in with approximately 30 per cent of the canola planted. We will not likely start planting dry beans for another couple of weeks.
Weather and soil conditions were basically very dry for the most part. We received six mm of moisture on April 12, another six mm on April 18, and we had just received a nice weekend weather event bringing approximately 33 mm. Planting conditions up to this past weekend were less than ideal.
We have started earlier than we probably ever have in the past; however, having not been able to plant until very late the previous two years, the earlier-planted crops are generally the best for both quality and yield. Now, given the moisture delays we have had, we are getting back to a more normal seeding date. — Bow Island, Alta., April 30

Started today, have 100 acres in so far but had a shower which forced us to stop. Hopefully back at it. Started now because it is time; like to get cereals in the ground in the first two weeks of May, and an April start to seed wheat and barley is always something we target. Field conditions are excellent, seeding into canola stubble which was seeded last year on June 10. — Oakburn, Man., April 30

We said we needed moisture and we are getting it… so don’t complain if you can’t get seeding under way! … Got 150 acres of canola seeded last week, and since then the fields are too wet and the snow and rain have held us up. I have several thousand acres to go, so I am anxious to get back out there when it’s dry enough. Before this last rain, the conditions were adequate, but slightly dry in places, so the rain is welcome. — Central Butte, Sask., April 30

Typically, seeding for our larger growers would have started about five days ago. This spring has been stalled by around one inch of rain in many areas since Jan. 19. Will probably take a couple days of sunshine to dry things up. But they are calling for more rain until Wednesday. Hopefully we will be able to be in full swing by the weekend. — Lanigan, Sask., April 30

Our farm is not seeding as the soil conditions are too wet. We plan on planting in mid-May, giving the soil enough time to drain most areas. Soil moisture levels are saturated to over-saturated. However, the water levels are receding quickly and most farmers will probably be out on the fields late this week/early next week. Our late start (mid-May) is to allow the soil to warm up adequately for the planting of seed potatoes. With the high moisture levels currently, it will get the crop a good start before needing rains in June and July. — Yorkton, Sask., April 30

I started seeding on April 20. It’s early but the field conditions were very good… I seeded early in case it turns wet like in the past. I saw my neighbour go, so I started a couple of hours after him. I seeded 1,224 acres of red spring wheat and 1,058 of Argentine canola. The other 1,918 acres will be soybeans but it’s too early to seed them yet; probably around May 10 or so I will be seeding them. — St. Malo, Man., April 30

We started seeding wheat Monday, April 23, and finished seeding our wheat on Saturday. After last year’s mudfest we weren’t taking any chances. Anything that was cropped last year is in ideal condition. The fields are nice and dry with moisture for germination right close to the soil surface. The fields that were summerfallow because of the excess moisture last year are still a little wet but are drying up fairly nicely if they are harrowed a few days before seeding. I am a little worried about seeding canola this early but if we get one rain event, those summerfallow fields will be a mess again, so we started seeding our canola on April 30. We will probably seed the summerfallow fields as they should handle frost better than the stubble fields. After we do the summerfallow fields we may wait for a bit so we don’t have all our canola vulnerable to late spring frost. Good luck, everyone; hope this is a better year than last year. — Rossburn, Man., April 30

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