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Manitoba crops seeing weather stress, alfalfa weevils causing forage yield losses

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 22

Southwest Region Temperatures became more seasonal last week, ranging from 20 to 30 C during the day, with overnight temperatures in most areas of 6 to 11 C. Crop growth has improved with previous weeks’ moisture, but the heat wave in past week stressed many crops. Neepawa area received 6 to 8 mm rain; all

Flea beetles in canola seedlings. (Canola Council of Canada video screengrab via YouTube)

Flea beetles a nuisance for canola crop

[UPDATED: June 22, 2021] MarketsFarm — Western Canada’s canola crop has been hit hard by hot, dry weather so far this growing season in the midst of ongoing drought conditions — which may also be aiding another threat. *Across the Prairies, flea beetles are an oft-seen pest that feeds on both canola and mustard seedlings,


Canary seed growers will benefit from greater legal protections due to the changes.

Canary seed being added to Grain Act August 1

The change means farmers delivering canary seed will be covered under the CGC’s payment protection program

Starting Aug. 1, 2021, western Canadian canary seed growers will have the same payment protection as exists for 20 other grains regulated under the Canada Grain Act. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), which administers the grain act, announced June 9 canary seed will be added to the act when the new crop year starts. In addition to payment protection,

Rainfall offers reprieve for crops, severe flea beetle pressure continues

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 15

Southwest Region A much-needed rain fell across the Southwest this past week. Rainfall accumulation in the region was between 45 mm to 115 mm. Rain fell over several hours, allowing opportunity to soak in. Some runoff was available to replenish dugouts and sloughs. There are some reports of standing waters in low- lying areas and

Crop recovery good after late-May frost, flea beetle pressure on canola sees reseeding

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 8

Southwest Region Daytime temperatures across the Southwest region reached the mid- 30 C mark; average temperatures ranged from 18 to 21 C. The 37 C high over the weekend came with damaging winds. In general, most of the southern parts of the Southwest region received 2 to 10 mm. The majority of the northern districts


Area rainfall provides critical moisture, potential frost conditions ahead

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 25

Southwest Region Most of the Southwest region received rainfall over the past week. Recorded amounts ranged between 25 to 35 mm for the most part, though showers were extremely spotty, with some areas winning the thunderstorm lottery, while weather stations a few miles away recorded only a few millimeters rain. Glenboro and Ninette received the

Warmer temps spur on planting efforts, lack of precipitation a concern

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 11

Southwest Region No significant rains fell this week in the Southwest region, and dry conditions persist. Possible showers this weekend in forecast. Cool and calmer conditions have preserved some soil moisture for now. The majority of the region has good seedbed moisture but facing rapid depletion. Many producers are adjusting seeding depths according to the

Crops like soybeans, corn and oats are all showing good margins and will compete with canola for acres in Manitoba.

Canola looks pretty profitable, but so do a lot of other crops

Examining Manitoba's break-even yield risk ratio

Before you think we’ll see canola seeded from fence post to fence post this year, it’s good to look at some numbers. And while canola gets a lot of news coverage because of its futures market, the good news this year is that most other crops are showing high prices as well. However, while these


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Mustard growers face decision time

AAFC projects more acres in 2021-22

MarketsFarm — For Canadian mustard seed growers, next month will be crucial in learning whether seeding predictions from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada come to fruition. Current mustard seed prices, though, seem to support a rise in the number of acres this coming crop year. Canadian farmers in 2020 grew 99,000 tonnes of mustard seed, the

Zero in on a specific goal when intercropping so you can measure progress over time, and “learn from the failures,” says researcher 
Yvonne Lawley.

Intercropping can be a win win for mixed operations

The practice comes with a learning curve, but can increase grazing options while boosting soil health

There is a lot of buzz in beef and forage production systems around the concepts of sustainability and soil health, and the numerous different production practices that can support those ideas. Intercropping is one strategy that can improve efficiency and soil health. Manitoba producer Alan MacKenzie considers intercropping to be two crops that are grown