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Apr 14, 2018 | 01:26 1 When does everyone start changing their seeding plans? Is it too early now? We already have started making some adjustments.

-11C tonight in Regina. Record low is -15C. Water well at farm still frozen. Flurries predicted for next week with only moderate warming.

Still early to say but there is a lot of frozen ground that will need to warm up and that takes time. Seeds don’t like cold ground in the gumbo Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 06:04 2 Thinking of canceling my chickpea seed. It’s such a high risk crop to begin with, yes things can turn around. The ground is still froze day time temps are no where near normal I’m sure changes will take place. The side hills still have a good foot of snow, where it has melted there’s water laying, once the ground thaws it will go right in as we were very dry last year. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 06:11 3 Ground froze here as well ..... under a full blanket of snow Corner to corner.
For sure going to be a bit later .
2013 was worse here . Still got er in and off. Reply With Quote
farmaholic's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 06:27 4 I know, I was hoping for a slow thaw but I didn't think it would be this slow. I guess I need to be careful what I ask for, I just might get it. Us guys in the dry areas better be greatful its not been too warm and dry for the last three weeks. What's worse, dried out or a snow cover and cool? Under the soil moisture conditions on our farm, I'll take the latter!

Cold ground will/could be an issue. In the real dry areas, is the ground even "frozen"? I don't recall seeing a spring like this, maybe ever.

Our saving grace is we are not "big" farmers and have an abundance of seed drill capacity. But we never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 06:39 5 It's not just here, from Twitter
The delays in spring barley sowing are getting serious. As at 13/04, spring barley was sown at 268 THa, 963 THa below last year. There are the most serious delays in Central Russia. Just 7 THa vs 702 THa. Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 07:02 6 Yes, Russia is Behind in Sowing Barley. Most countries in the Northern Hemisphere are in the same boat.
Our useless idiots keep saying oh it's early and don't worry.

Always interesting to see, No problem here keep moving, nothing to see attitude.

Minnesota still has snow so how much seeding is going to happen.

Someone at the sale yesterday said the frost is down about 4 to 5 ft.

May 7th to 10. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 07:07 7 furrow we have at least twice the snow pack of northbattleford .esp . my place
1 ft.- 1 1/2 on the level .drove thru 6-8 inches wet drifting snow on road last night,
2 ft. drifts.
could get interesting , real fast, with a plus 15 someday, equipment is dug out.
about all we can do for now. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 07:19 8 Greasing and prepping via a ladder instead of sliding on the ground isn't that awful but I'm thinking no earlier than a May 7 start more snow for this late without it being new spring storm snow than we've ever had. And with 2 moisture events in this mornings forecast the May 7 is being very optimistic. I'd say long term average start date here is about a May 3rd so at least a week later than normal. At least calving has been just pure hell may make seeding even better. Noticed the sold on a whole bunch of used drills starting to show up in the latest farm paper. So those with the manpower are adding iron.


This is inside the shed where the drill is.
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Apr 14, 2018 | 07:26 9
And this is outside in the pasture 2 days ago where we're dozing trying to get more ground available for pairs. Reply With Quote
farmaholic's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 07:40 10 Good place for the drill mcfarms, I wish. For what they cost, best under a roof.

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Apr 14, 2018 | 08:02 11
Quote Originally Posted by sawfly1 View Post
furrow we have at least twice the snow pack of northbattleford .esp . my place
1 ft.- 1 1/2 on the level .drove thru 6-8 inches wet drifting snow on road last night,
2 ft. drifts.
could get interesting , real fast, with a plus 15 someday, equipment is dug out.
about all we can do for now.
Yes I hear a lot more out west .
We have considerable more than the immediate area around town but not as much as out west .
More to the north east but that is normal .

Very deep hard frost is a concern the longer we stayed covered.
2013 did not have nearly the deep frost . Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 08:03 12 Faba beans out. Just too late. Not sure what to replace them with. Feed barley? Bwahahaha! Reply With Quote
Klause's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 08:15 13 We have enough snow that a 8220 John Deere will get stuck with 4wd on gets stuck either a bale on the loader.


As far as frost, undesturbed ground it's almost 5 feet down... Takes work to get thru it with a hoe. Reply With Quote
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Apr 14, 2018 | 08:24 14 May long weekend start here east of Edmonton like last year. Found that June 1-10 seeded canola made it so long as it did not flood out after seeding. That is where the green seed was last year. I had high protein feed wheat last year due to frost damage but the main problem was stress in mid June setting back the crop as a 2 inch on saturated ground set the late crop back. Amazing how spring like Edmonton is compared to this local area. Considering feed barley over wheat but wheat stand up to super saturated conditions somewhat better. Ground underneath snow pack is not as wet this spring as last.
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Apr 14, 2018 | 08:26 15
Quote Originally Posted by Klause View Post
We have enough snow that a 8220 John Deere will get stuck with 4wd on gets stuck either a bale on the loader.


As far as frost, undesturbed ground it's almost 5 feet down... Takes work to get thru it with a hoe.
Under snow, or bare ground? Reply With Quote
Klause's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 08:35 16
Quote Originally Posted by Sheepwheat View Post
Under snow, or bare ground?
In the field. With snow.


It was too cold before it snowed so it froze hard. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 08:37 17 minus 5 in Minot ND thismornimg and they have snow laying around to ! drove buy lots of yards not much happening or will be for awhile. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 08:41 18 June 9 and 10 last seeding date in local area for spring wheat and canola, June 20 for barley.
Pretty remote chance not getting seeding weather.
Another month before changing plans but best to be prepared.
Glad to have good crop insurance and agristability coverage. Reply With Quote
fjlip's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 14:11 19 Hope to finish June 8 then... Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 14:17 20 Seen this ... lol
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Little music video out of Winterpeg Reply With Quote
Partners's Avatar Apr 14, 2018 | 15:33 22 Don't look at calendar..means sweet tweet.. Reply With Quote
Apr 14, 2018 | 16:52 23 Missed this one anyway...Frankie nailed it again


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Apr 15, 2018 | 06:59 24 Latest models have forecasts for better temperatures going forward. No overnight freezing beginning April 23. Looks like parts of Alberta and S of the border may get more precipitation than SK over the next 16 days.

Some good sized portions of the SW and S in Saskatchewan should lose most of their snow by the end of the month with this latest forecast.
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farmaholic's Avatar Apr 15, 2018 | 08:18 25 I saw the first small flock of snow geese this morning, they were flying south. Lol.

Haven't heard or seen any Sandhill Cranes yet though. Reply With Quote
Apr 15, 2018 | 08:18 26 Impatient to see how much snow moisture soaks in and how much runs off.
Remember back to 2003-04 when it all soaked in.
Were concerned ahead of time about lack of soil moisture.
Increased crop insurance coverage, got good summer rains.
August frost made crop insurance a good decision. Reply With Quote
Apr 15, 2018 | 08:37 27 SPRING IS HERE....... flocks of Canada and snow geese, sandhill cranes, robins and a meadow lark this AM.. plus swans last evening.Making use of yesterdays southeast wind, all heading northwest as they always do in this area in the spring. Reply With Quote
Apr 15, 2018 | 09:49 28 I looked back in some of my records and photo's and in 2014 and I have pic's on April 10 and the snow has not started melting at all. Pics on April 21 and we are at the height of spring flooding and by May 15 I had started seeding. If the weather warms up this week we should be on about the same pace as 2014. Reply With Quote
Apr 15, 2018 | 09:54 29
Quote Originally Posted by Partners View Post
Don't look at calendar..means sweet tweet..
I will disagree Partners once the calendar gets to June 21 the days start getting shorter and I feel the more my crop can grow before that date the better after that date with the days getting shorter everything changes. Reply With Quote
Partners's Avatar Apr 15, 2018 | 14:17 30 Many yrs we seeded early..only to have the seeds not germ for 2 weeks because of cold ground..
Hot June and July will get crops in the bin on time..
Have combined in Oct.with fall fert.machine right behind.seen it all at our age.
Will be what it will be.. Reply With Quote