Seeding Update is Not Pretty

No matter who you talk to across the Northen US and Canada, seeding is behind schedule. Late seeding can lead to a multitude of challenges for the crop throughout the rest of the year. Whether it is wheat, canola, soybeans or corn many farmers are racing against father time to get this years crop seeded.

When I talked to Warren Kaeding of Wagon Wheel Seeds in Churchbridge Saskatchewan (southeast SK), he said their area is 20-25% with moist but cool soil temperatures. North of Highway 16 (Yellowhead) leads to snow every three to four days with most farmers at 10% completed.

In talking to Brent Gatzke a farmer just outside of Swift Current, he comments that seeding in Southwestern Saskatchewan is 50-100% finished depending on where you are.

In Southern Alberta the weather seeding is underway with most farms in he 20% – 40% finished. Some early planters are very close to being finished. The southwest is very wet (still getting snow) while the southeast is very dry.

Manitoba and the Dakota’s are very wet and cold. It would be tough to convince many of these growers that winter has ended.

Ontario is anywhere from 10-60% seeded in corn and 5% in soybeans while Quebec is over 60% finished seeding corn due to warm temperatures over the past 10 days. As you look over the entire midwest heavy rains have significantly delayed seeding in corn. For eaxample Illinois is 10% seeded which is much lower than the 84% average said a farmer.

All of this is leading to the enevitable question how will an already expected decrease in corn acres and the apparent late seeding affect the price of corn through the summer. Only time will tell.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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Kevin Serfas

I can’t remember ever having this much problem putting seed in the ground. Since the 17th of April, we have not been able to work for more than 3 days in a row, and even when we do get going its marginal conditions at best. This is bordering on disasterous.

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Colin

I am north of Edmonton in AB and most of our farmers are finishing up seeding. There was some issues with some early seeded crops getting hit by frost, but no major problems as a result of that yet. The biggest issue faced by growers in our area is straw management. Very little trash broke down from last year and the crops from last year were quite good resulting in more straw.

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