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Slow germination expected to hasten with warm weather

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 19

Southwest Region The week began with rains across the region in the amounts of 2 to 15 mm. Killarney, Waskada, and Alexander receiving the most. Soil surface drying conditions later in the week allowed producers to accelerate the seeding activities despite overnight lows still reaching -10°C. The majority of spring harvest is done and producers

Pulse, cereal crops see seeding progress across Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 12

Southwest Region Cool and wet conditions were the norm last week. Moderate snowfall happened across much of the region, stalling all field activities for two days. Total precipitation was 2 to 10 mm in different areas. Snow melted quickly and producers were able to start some seeding again. Very cold overnight temperatures coupled with below


Piecemeal approach to seeding begins in Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 5

Southwest region Repeated rain showers fell during the week in most of the region. Rainfall varied from 0.5 to 6.5 mm. Overnight temperatures fell below zero, while single-digit daytime highs were the norm. Average soil temperature is normal to below normal range at this time. Some areas are too wet and water is standing in

For the past decade, North Dakota State University has conducted field research on bean yields versus plant population and row size.

Dry beans respond to row spacing and plant population

Trials on black and navy beans show a slight advantage to narrow spacing and higher plant population

Narrower row spacing and higher plant populations have some advantage in dry bean production, according to research by North Dakota State University. For the past decade, NDSU has been conducting field research examining the response of black, navy and pinto beans to different combinations of row spacings and plant populations to identify optimum seed yield. Research focused on black and navy beans grown

This field of soybeans near Altamont was snow covered Oct. 17, 2019, but was eventually harvested last fall. However, more than 400,000 acres of annual insured crops weren’t harvested as of Nov. 20, 2019.

What acres remain from harvest 2019 unclear

It’s believed a lot of corn and sunflowers were combined this winter, but it’s not clear how much of other crops remain to be harvested

Last fall thousands of acres went unharvested because of wet conditions. How much crop was taken off between then and now is unknown, as are the number of acres still worth harvesting. “From what we understand most producers really haven’t been able to address their unharvested acres in any fashion either to combine it, or destroy it, or whatever,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s


Ready or not, spring seeding is upon us

Spring is in the air and farmers say they’ll deal with what comes their way

Bill Campbell says he’s ready for spring — his combine just got back from its annual winter check-up. The Minto-area farmer and president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers says he’s ready to finish last year’s harvest as soon as his fields are passable this spring. That’s adding to what’s already going to be a short and stressful spring




Pulse weekly outlook: Increased demand seen, but problems loom

MarketsFarm — Unlike other commodities, pulses aren’t yet feeling ill effects from an economic downturn due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, according to Marcos Mosnaim of Globeways Canada in Mississauga. With consumers panic-buying, there has been increased demand for pulses, as many are non-perishable, Mosnaim said. “These products will be there for ages,” he said,

Pulse weekly outlook: Bids underpin Manitoba edible bean area

Province's soybean acres expected to fall

MarketsFarm — Solid prices should keep Manitoba farmers growing edible beans in 2020, although soybean area will likely drop, according to a provincial specialist. Disappointing harvest weather in 2019 hurt yields and cut into harvested area for edible beans in both Manitoba and across the border in the United States. As a result, prices heading