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Average crop yields and widespread insect issues seen in 2020

FINAL REPORT: Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report Summary for 2020

Southwest Region A wet fall in 2019 meant unharvested crops from the previous year had to be dealt with this spring. A large number of canola swathes were left in the field, together with severely lodged flax. Much of the remaining flax was burnt. Starting weather conditions for seeding were optimum in the Southwest region

Is Manitoba poised for a bumper sunflower harvest?

Sunflower industry observers say early signs are very good

Should early indications pan out, there could be a bumper crop of sunflowers in Manitoba in 2020, according to a Manitoba sunflower buyer. “The yields are very high,” said the buyer of the harvest so far. Manitoba Agriculture reported the first week of October that about three per cent of the crop was combined so


Becel maker Upfield to relocate Ontario plant

Company to make vegan cheese substitutes, other spreads at Brantford

The maker of Becel margarine, Imperial spreads and, most recently, vegan near-cheese Violife plans to boost its Canadian manufacturing capacity with a move from Toronto to Brantford, Ont. The Canadian arm of Amsterdam-based Upfield said Wednesday it has bought a 164,000-square foot industrial building at Brantford and “brings a significant investment involving the purchase of

Manitoba harvest progress at 88 per cent, soybeans see rapid progress

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for October 6

Southwest Region Sunny and dry weather dominated last week in the Southwest region, with one or two cloudy and windy days. Many producers have finished their harvest and doing some fall fertilizer application and other fieldwork. Some districts have inadequate topsoil moisture, which is making tillage challenging, as well as for fall anhydrous ammonia applications.

Manitoba harvest 80 per cent complete, weather conditions favourable

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 29

Southwest Region Mostly cloudy and some rainy weather last week in the Southwest region. Between 5 to 15mm rain fell in different areas of the region but strong winds allowed for rapid drying. Areas in the southwest corner of the region are reporting shortages of water for livestock due to lack of a substantial rain


Manitoba harvest at 70 per cent, soy, corn crops rapidly mature

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 22

Southwest Region Another dry and windy week in southwest Manitoba. Subzero temperatures arrived for one or two nights but daytime temperatures were mostly double-digit, which allowed farmers to continue harvest and other field operations. Recent frost is not damaging anything at this stage as soybean and corn are already maturing and drying down due heavy

Farmers in western Manitoba are assessing the state of their soybean crops, following a hard frost.

Fingers crossed for frosted soybeans in western Manitoba

Among the other long-season crops, sunflowers will likely fare better than corn

[UPDATED: Sept. 23, 2020] Widespread frost in western Manitoba last week damaged longer-season crops, but the extent wasn’t known at press time, and in many cases won’t be until harvest is completed. Some farmers on social media said they feared their soybeans were severely injured. But it might not be as bad as some think unless the soybeans

Manitoba harvest passes halfway mark, yields see broad range

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 15

Southwest Region Mostly dry weather allowed farmers to continue harvest this week. Temperatures were variable, with cool and frosty nights throughout the week, reaching double-digit daytime highs. Smoke coming from west has developed into a haze over the entire region in the past three days, causing a slowdown in harvest in some areas. Overall rainfall


High winds, frost make for difficult harvest conditions

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 8

Southwest Region Cold temperatures and rain in some areas stopped harvest last week. Very strong winds on Saturday and severe frost Monday night have been extremely hard on some crops, and posing a serious challenge to farmers’ mental health. Wind caused damage to standing and swathed crops. Multiple reports of shattered canola and blown swaths

Winter cereals harvest half complete, yields seen mostly average

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 18

[UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2020] Southwest Region Unsettled weather continued in the Southwest. There are reports of a tornado that touched down near the village of Alexander but no reports of any loss. Wind damage to crops as lodging is visible in some fields. Canola, wheat and other crops are suffering with minor lodging especially in