Temperature and moisture issues continue to hurt crops

11.06.2019 17:28
By: Brad Gordon

This week's crop report shows seeding almost complete, slow progress so far


Seeding is essentially complete in Manitoba, but fluctuating temperatures and a lack of moisture has mean slow progress.

This week's provincial crop report notes that flea beetles persist in canola, and cutworms are damaging canola, cereals, soybeans, corn and sunflowers.

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In the Southwest Region:

- Rainfall over the past week gave a much needed boost to crops.  Most of the region received 3 to 9 mm, while areas near Riding Mountain saw 11 to 15mm.  Ver dry pockets persists around Hamiota and Melita.

- Dry topsoil conditions remain a major concern throughout most of the Southwest.

- Seeding ranges 95 to 100 percent complete.  Some canola producers are re-seeding, due to flea beetle damage. 

- Crops are struggling to advance in most parts of the region, due to dry seedbed conditions. 

- Winter cereals are suffering due to lack of moisture.  Fall rye is heading, about 14 inches tall.  Winter wheat is at flag leaf stage. 

- More than 50% of canola fields have been sprayed due to flea beetles.  Sunflowers have emerged with signs of cutworm damage.  Cutworms also noted in cereal crops.

- Forages in need of critical regrowth moisture in addition to recent rainfall.  Forage growth being hurt by fluctuating day and night temperatures.  Cattle are on pasture, but there is still a risk forage and water will not last until fall.

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You can download the full crop report here