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ajl
Apr 4, 2020 | 08:28 1 If the latest forecast for this area (Edmonton region) comes true, we may get more snow in April than we had all winter so far. Not sure which inputs to cancel. Watch out for suppliers pumping costs, there will be unseeded this year especially fields that will not get harvested till June now. If the crop is standing there will likely be water in the field till mid may. Good luck to those trying to calve now.
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Apr 4, 2020 | 08:34 2 Yeah. Our two week forecast is for a couple days above zero. Most days minus and right around zero. And we have almost normal snow, unlike most areas, so it’s looking late and with late comes too wet to seed risk. Like you said, the crap that has to be combined still is the corker.

If the forecast stays true, it will be trouble, big trouble. Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 4, 2020 | 08:36 3 Jeez , you guys this is not a farm forum
    Try to stay on the three main topics Reply With Quote

  • GDR
    Apr 4, 2020 | 09:18 4 AjL and Sheepwheat, same worries here, almost half of 2019 harvest to do and no end of winter in sight. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 09:18 5
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    Jeez , you guys this is not a farm forum
    Try to stay on the three main topics
    Nothing to fear, the most reliable of the posters on the three main topics posted a map today proving that the world is warmer, so obviously this snow and cold temperatures are a figment of our imaginations, go ahead and start field work on the normal date( or slightly earlier, since it is warming) No need to check cows every hour, no calves will freeze in a warmer than normal April. Book extra inputs, the longer warmer growing season justifies it. Reply With Quote

  • helmsdale's Avatar Apr 4, 2020 | 09:29 6 I'd typically be in the field by now picking rock, working water runs, or harrowing places with heavy trash. Frost is still right to the surface, ground is white again after last night. Would typically be seeding by April 15-20th(typically closer to the 20th). Seeding is certainly going to be somewhat delayed here. Long range puts the remainder of April below to significantly below average temperatures.

    I'll likely be waiting on soil temperatures this spring. I made that mistake in 2015, I wont do it again... Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 09:31 7 really crazy here, -25 to -28 every night , snow piled everywhere , no bare spots Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 4, 2020 | 09:32 8
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    Jeez , you guys this is not a farm forum
    Try to stay on the three main topics
    Its posts about climate change. Is that one of the three topics? lol Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 09:40 9
    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepwheat View Post
    Its posts about climate change. Is that one of the three topics? lol
    Use to be. Now it's the virus, Trudeau and the dreaded Orange Man. Reply With Quote

  • Apr 4, 2020 | 09:46 10
    Does anyone, of ‘old people are smarter’ (lol) age remember the end of April storm that buried us in 1966 or 67? We were at a broomball tournament at Odessa and our trusty Rambler Ambassador ploughed us home. It took Sask Power a week to run temporary cable above ground along 33 highway. SO April can be a buggar.
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  • Apr 4, 2020 | 09:49 11 Still excellent snowmobile conditions here.
    I had to walk to the middle of a quarter section to get to the dozer the other day, the snow was well over my knees, and I fell through almost every step of the way.

    Almost found out the hard way that there is very little frost under all that snow, the dozer broke through the frost a few times.

    I must be optimistic, since I already have most of my fert, seed and chem bought and paid for and brought home. Even thought it doesn't look promising to be needing it all, price has gone up significantly since, the logistics of trying to get it delivered during what will be at best a very short crowded seeding window, and the possibility of a complete shut down by then makes me glad to have things in place.

    It wasn't abnormally wet last fall here. So unlike 2016/17, that will help a lot. Most of the rain we got last fall was after it was already freezing, so didn't soak in.

    On the bright side, will have a use for the tracks on the combine this spring. See how much further I can go without getting stuck now... Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 09:54 12
    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
    Does anyone, of ‘old people are smarter’ age remember the end of April storm that buried us in 1966 or 67? We were at a broomball tournament at Odessa and our trusty Rambler Ambassador ploughed us home. It took Sask Power a week to run temporary cable above ground along 33 highway. SO April can be a buggar.
    That was our 1996. Snowed a full foot beginning of April. Sat on the roads and slowly melted into the roads. people getting stuck ON THE GRAVEL ROADS! Seeding STARTED May 27th that year. Was not a stellar year. Went skidoing late april up to the forest and back. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 10:11 13 The 2013 late March storm buried us here . Still had massive snow banks at the start of May
    We were rolling by May 12th , done by the 26th.
    But we had no crop to harvest that spring.
    This year not looking good so far but hopefully it changes fast, several million acres to be harvested yet.
    Delayed crops last year got hit hard by fall frosts here.

    We won’t be too wet here , had limited rains last fall. But April can be cruel so time will tell . Reply With Quote
    AllisWD45's Avatar Apr 4, 2020 | 10:30 14
    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
    Does anyone, of ‘old people are smarter’ (lol) age remember the end of April storm that buried us in 1966 or 67? We were at a broomball tournament at Odessa and our trusty Rambler Ambassador ploughed us home. It took Sask Power a week to run temporary cable above ground along 33 highway. SO April can be a buggar.
    I think 1966. In those days you bought new license plates every year in April. My Dad had been in town end of April bought new plates for the pickup. It snowed and stormed so hard i remember shovelling the front and back to put the plates on the truck after the storm.That was the year we planted over some small snowbanks along the fencelines the last week of May.
    In my farming days can't remember the year but it was in the 80's(wish i could find the pictures) May 7th tractor and drill in field with a foot of snow. A few years later planted that same field April 23 and it was dry dry.
    Yup global warming its been going on for a long time I can feel the effects this morning Reply With Quote

  • Apr 4, 2020 | 11:01 15 Thursday may 12th 1983, 16 inches of snow with 25% seeded. Next day,Friday 13th ,met my soul mate. Married 33 years this October. Luv life😃!! Reply With Quote

  • Apr 4, 2020 | 11:18 16
    Quote Originally Posted by highwayman View Post
    Thursday may 12th 1983, 16 inches of snow with 25% seeded. Next day,Friday 13th ,met my soul mate. Married 33 years this October. Luv life😃!!
    Imagine if it wouldn't have snowed. You may have been a bachelor today! Good or bad depending who you talk to. Reply With Quote
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  • helmsdale's Avatar Apr 4, 2020 | 11:20 17
    Quote Originally Posted by highwayman View Post
    Thursday may 12th 1983, 16 inches of snow with 25% seeded. Next day,Friday 13th ,met my soul mate. Married 33 years this October. Luv life😃!!
    Well if yours is any guidance, I should be fine with a "Friday the 13th" meeting of my soul mate. Friday, March 13, 2009. Reply With Quote
    LEP
    Apr 4, 2020 | 11:29 18 I feel for you guys that are too wet. It makes for a stressful seeding.

    We are on the dryer side. More concerned about no subsoil moisture and spring frost.

    One thing about ag, year to year you never know what your going to face. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 12:10 19

    No seeding anytime soon. Or combining for that matter!
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    Apr 4, 2020 | 12:37 20 Snow pretty well gone a week ago then a couple of inches, helps protect winter wheat this week.
    Present cold taking days away from what could have been early spring.
    Last fall rains made ground wet, could delay spring harvest and seeding for unharvested acres.
    Early spring with good moisture reserve best conditions for good crops, would be disappointing to see things turn around. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 14:43 21
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopalong View Post
    Snow pretty well gone a week ago then a couple of inches, helps protect winter wheat this week.
    Present cold taking days away from what could have been early spring.
    Last fall rains made ground wet, could delay spring harvest and seeding for unharvested acres.
    Early spring with good moisture reserve best conditions for good crops, would be disappointing to see things turn around.
    How much winter wheat did you get in ?
    We grew winter wheat for about 4 yrs . Would love to get back into it but ran out of manpower in the fall for a few years to do the extra work . Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 15:12 22 No worries just get bigger loans Reply With Quote
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  • Apr 4, 2020 | 15:29 23
    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
    Does anyone, of ‘old people are smarter’ (lol) age remember the end of April storm that buried us in 1966 or 67? We were at a broomball tournament at Odessa and our trusty Rambler Ambassador ploughed us home. It took Sask Power a week to run temporary cable above ground along 33 highway. SO April can be a buggar.
    I remember that storm and I am sure that it was 1967. The snow banks were as high as the cattle shelter. I was happy about no school but dad not so much. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 15:57 24
    Quote Originally Posted by furrowtickler View Post
    How much winter wheat did you get in ?
    We grew winter wheat for about 4 yrs . Would love to get back into it but ran out of manpower in the fall for a few years to do the extra work .
    About 800 acres, only half of what we had in better years. Most of it is on oat or barley stubble, did not get canola off in time except one field. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 16:02 25 My dad and grandpa used to talk about a winter in the fifties that they could walk over the telephone wires in places. 1973 rings a bell for me, bought our first snowmobile and remember there being a lot of snow that year. Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 16:14 26
    Quote Originally Posted by Sodbuster View Post
    My dad and grandpa used to talk about a winter in the fifties that they could walk over the telephone wires in places. 1973 rings a bell for me, bought our first snowmobile and remember there being a lot of snow that year.
    Yes , we got a john deere JDX 6 that year and rode in late august on an early storm
    One of the few john deeres we have had
    Was a horrible piece of equipment Reply With Quote
    Apr 4, 2020 | 17:22 27 Beginning of march 1974 we had fluffy snow fall that was well above my knees. Then the wind started to blow. Community plow had to go ahead of the bus on monday to get us to school. Stayed in town till friday and then plowed us home for the weekend. Repeat for the next week and then it warmed up and crusted the snow. Had a twelve to fifteen foot high caragana laneway on the west side of the farm yard that was right full. When the community plow came to open it up the operator would take a run at it and then back up. When he backed up we broke the overhang for him until we were done. Took quite awhile to clear that 150’ laneway. Only winter I remember being able to skidoo over those same caraganas. That was the most snow I have seen in one dump. I believe we were still able to be seeding by may 10. Reply With Quote
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  • LEP
    Apr 4, 2020 | 17:44 28 Yes I remember a winter like that. Department of highways brought in a snowblower from the mountains and blew open a single lane initially in the bad spots and worked over a few days to widen the openings.

    Snow was higher than the school bus when we drove through. Like everyone else I don't remember it being a late spring. But there were lots of sloughs and it was a good crop that year. Reply With Quote