Producers who participate in AgriInsurance provides seeding date information to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). This dataset provides us a historical perspective of when seeding has taken place in the past. Seeding date data information is broken down into a week:month format, i.e. 1:05 is Week 1 in the 5th Month (May). So 2:05 is Week 2 in May, and so on.
Each week is then categorized dependent on the day of the week in which the month starts. So if Week 1 starts on a Sunday, there will be 7 days of seeding captured in Week 1 (which applies to 2016 as May 1st was on a Sunday). However, if Week 1 starts on Friday (like we had in 2015), there are 9 days captured in Week 1. Confused yet? Essentially, each year will have a different number of days captured in each weekly timeframe, varying from 5 days up to 12 days. However, the data still provides good reference points to seeding progress in Manitoba.
In Table 1, cumulative seeding progress to the end of Week 1 in May for six crop types is provided. The last five year (2010-2014) average cumulative seeding progress is noted, along with what was seeded in the same timeframe in 2015. Please note that data is for final insured crop in the ground.
Table 1: Seeding progress (%) in Manitoba by end of Week 1 in May (1:05)
Based on the May 9th Manitoba Crop Report (Issue #2), overall seeding progress is estimated at 48% complete. There isn’t a provincial breakdown provided of seeding progress by crop type in 2016. However, looking at the information for the various crop types, we can infer that seeding progress in Manitoba in 2016 is likely ahead of the five year average.
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture
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