Many thanks again to all our entrants so far for sharing their stories. Read their reports below, and check out the details and rules for our free draw at the end of this piece. — Editor
May 4 to May 11
Started seeding April 24 as it was very dry but enough moisture for germination. Peas and canola are seeded. April 27, we received eight inches of snow and then about four inches of rain up until May 6. Hope to start seeding wheat in the next couple of days if it dries enough. Weeds still are not growing much, but (we) hope to do a preseed burnoff. Peas and canola are just coming up. Need more warm sunny days. Grass is coming good so can turn the cows out on seeded pasture. — Hanna, Alta., May 8
We started seeding wheat on April 25 and finished April 28. We have now seeded most of the malt barley and most of the canola. We still have oats and flax to do. Conditions have never been better. Today we have light showers and cool weather. — Headingley, Man., May 7
We began seeding 250 acres of green peas May 2 and finished May 4; we had weather delays. Switched to canola May 5 and only got 10 acres in due to weather delays. May 7, we’re spraying ahead of seeding 1,000 acres of canola. Will also put in 1,000 acres of wheat. Seeding now to hopefully avoid frost on wheat in fall. — Battleford, Sask., May 7
Finished seeding 90 acres of barley April 15. Because of the cool dry conditions, it was slow to emerge. Week of April 23, we got hellishly high winds that blew topsoil and seed away. On May 2, we got 80 millimetres of rain which washed a lot more topsoil and seeds away and left me with huge gullies in the planted fields. Isn’t farming fun!
Getting ready to put in 90 acres of soybeans. Wonder what the weather will throw at us next week? — Orangeville, Ont., May 7
It was dry and warm in March until Easter Friday when we had an inch of rain and a foot of snow. Since then it has rained consistently. Getting wetter; sloughs and wet spots getting larger. Low land that we were able to work up last fall for the first time in two to three years will likely be too wet to seed again. No seeding or field work done yet. Three to four days of good drying weather will be needed before anything can happen, and likely a week of good weather before field work becomes common. Cropping plans may have to change if we don’t get started soon. — Foam Lake, Sask., May 7
I haven’t started seeding because of continued wet field conditions. We have had two inches of rain lately. Some guys have "mudded in" some peas; I may try seeding wheat later today. — Drumheller, Alta., May 7
Saturated soils would be the correct phrase. If we get good weather, we might be able to get in the field in eight to 10 days. Not as much sitting water as last year, but sloughs are full. Winter triticale is looking good, using the water as it comes without much drowned out or winterkilled. We planned on growing a fair amount of soybeans and some grazing corn, and seeded our wetter fields to alfalfa last year; we we are sitting OK for later seeding. — Saltcoats, Sask., May 7
Started seeding wheat April 20, oats April 23, canola April 25 and corn May 3 and are waiting for soil to stay consistently above 10 C to finish seeding with soybeans. We will switch our focus in the next few days to spray winter wheat and pre-seed burndown on soy fields. So far moisture is adequate and seeding conditions have been ideal — best I have seen since 2006. First year in eight that we haven’t had to drain water before or during seeding, but it is still early. Did experience some crystallization of liquid fertilizer because of the cool nights. So far spring has been great. — Domain, Man., May 7
We have had some drizzle or rain everyday now for about 10 days, totalling about four inches. A few farmers got some cereal seeding done during the week of April 23, but we have been at a standstill for the past week. On our farm, seeding has not started — we will need three or four days of sunshine to get things dried out. Conditions two weeks ago were ideal. Now we’re back to flashbacks of 2011 with water pooling in low spots in the fields. In this area, if the next rain came about June 10, that would be soon enough! — Hamiota, Man., May 7
We started seeding on April 23 with wheat, and finished with canola on May 3. The soil condition was beautiful, but we have some oats sitting in the dry now, so we would love some rain! — Ste. Anne, Man., May 7
Have not seeded an acre yet as it has been raining here every second day and sometimes every day. Some of my neighbours got some seeding done on April 25, 26 and 28 but that is all that’s done in my area. — Virden, Man., May 7
We are seeding 2,000 acres this spring and are just over half done. We started seeding wheat on April 20, seeded wheat and barley in the last week of April, then switched to canola May 1; we have seeded a half section and now are going to seed the last 200 acres of wheat and then the last section of canola. Field conditions have been great, occasional showers have been welcome. We monitored the soil temps and waited to start seeding until they were 10 C. — Cartwright, Man., May 7
There was about a one-day opportunity as a couple of neighbours did a little seeding; we have received in excess of an inch of rain over the last four days with more showers on the way, I would seriously doubt that we would be able to entertain any thoughts of seeding for a week or more, our land is heavy clay and was saturated going into spring, so we are now seeing water collecting in the low spots. — Colfax, Sask., March 7
Started April 17, not as early as some but plenty early enough, compared to the last few years. Finished wheat by the 24th with some rain between, and tried some early sunflowers. Oats were completed on May 5 and we will try some canola this week. Nobody seems to be moving very fast yet lots is seeded. Today was the first seeding day last year so this early planting is a big boost. — Morris, Man., May 7
FREE DRAW: SEEDING YET?
Let us know BY EMAIL if you’re seeding. We’d love to hear more about when you started, where you are, why you’re going now, what you’re seeding, how far you are along and whether your field conditions have been slowing you down.
OR, if you’re NOT seeding, let us know why, and when you hope to get underway — or give us an idea of what the field conditions are like in your area.
Seeding or not, if you’ve got a good photo from your area, we’d sure like to see those too; let us know the date, location and what’s being seeded (or not).
Your photos and/or reports will be entered in weekly draws, the next of which will be held Friday, May 18.
Where to Send Email: To send email, click HERE.
The Prizes: You can win a stylish, collector’s-item cap. This contest began with three each with the Country Guide, Grainews and Canadian Cattlemen logos, plus three each with the second-most-recent Manitoba Co-operator and Alberta Farmer Express logos and, for good measure, a couple of caps from the former Canola Guide.
We’ll give away up to four caps per weekly draw until 16 are gone, and keep the 17th one. Once all the caps of a certain brand are mailed, they’re gone — so when you enter the draw, be sure to let us know your first, second and maybe third choice of cap. We cannot guarantee that the caps winners receive will be any of their choices.
Rules and Disclaimers: This contest is NOT intended to encourage or induce entrants, or anyone else, to start seeding or to undertake any work other than sending email and/or taking photographs.
Whether they win a cap or not, we would like to publish some of the emails and photos we receive. Entries in the cap draw MUST include your first and last name and exact postal address with postal code — but we will only name your town, when or if we publish your email or photo.
If you don’t want to be identified, please keep in mind that we will NOT blur faces or black out any identifying features in photos.
Emails that provide no name or postal address, or that provide no valid information at all for the purposes of this contest (for example, "We’re not seeding yet because we don’t grow crops, LOL" or "Not seeding cos Im not a farmer ;P") will be excluded from the draws at the editor’s discretion.
Weekly draws will take place each Friday at 5 p.m. CT (Winnipeg time) until 16 caps have been won. Individual email entries will be assigned numbers for draw purposes.
Eligibility: This draw is open to all Canadian residents, ages 18 and older, excluding residents of Quebec.
Limit: One entry per day per email address.
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