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Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 21

Conditions as of September 21, 2015

Above normal temperatures allowed for excellent harvest progress over the past week in Manitoba, with harvest of spring cereal crops nearing completion. Harvest of canola, flax, edible beans and soybeans continues. Sunflower harvest has also started in the Central and Eastern Regions, and grain corn harvest is expected to start shortly in some areas of

Time for a farm financial checkup

While the final numbers on this year’s harvest won’t be in for a few weeks, it is worthwhile to start thinking about the financial state of your operation post-harvest or roundup. Commodity prices are very volatile and expenses are trending upwards because of a weaker Canadian dollar. Severe weather may have reduced your margins. Issues

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 20

Conditions as of September 14, 2015

Warmer, drier weather conditions towards the end of the week and into the weekend allowed for good harvest progress across most of Manitoba. Some areas reported light frost events Thursday and Friday. To date, minimal impact to crops has been reported largely due to temperatures and duration weren’t sufficient to cause damage, and/or crops were

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 19

Conditions as of September 8, 2015

Harvest 2015 continued across Manitoba over the past week, but wet weather over the weekend temporarily halted harvest progress. Harvest operations have since resumed in areas that received lower rainfall amounts and where field conditions allowed. Winter wheat seeding is underway in the Central and Eastern Regions of Manitoba. Fall field work, including tillage, baling

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 18

Conditions as of August 31, 2015

Sporadic rainfall and high humidity levels slowed harvest progress and haying operations across Manitoba. The recent weather is also resulting in quality loss in some crop types. A strong weather system passed through several areas of the Central Region the morning of August 28. Heavy rains and small to large-sized hail resulted in varying amounts

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 15

Conditions as of August 10, 2015

The 2015 harvest was slowed by the continuing wet conditions in Manitoba. However, some harvest operations did occur where field and weather conditions allowed. Winter wheat yields are ranging from 55 to 90 bushels per acre, with good quality. Swathing or preharvest management of the earliest-seeded spring cereal and canola crops continues. The return to

Lygus bug on a canola pod

Fusarium levels low, soybean aphid numbers increasing

Manitoba crop insect and disease update for August 4, 2015

Plant Pathogens: Levels of fusarium head blight are being reported as low in many areas. Increased levels of mycosphaerella are being reported in later seeded field peas in the southwest as a result of the cooler and wetter conditions. Some soybean fields are showing increasing damage due to excess moisture and subsequent root rots. Weather conditions have been conducive for

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 14

Conditions as of August 4, 2015

Winter wheat and fall rye harvest is underway in Manitoba. Preliminary reports indicate winter wheat yields range from 60 to 85 bu/acre, with low levels of fusarium damaged kernels in harvested samples. There are also a few fields of spring wheat, barley and field peas harvested last week. Swathing or preharvest applications in the earliest-seeded spring

Crop residue burning authorizations begin Aug. 1

Failure to follow the regulations could result in fines of up to $50,000

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) reminds producers who choose to burn crop residue that authorization is required between Aug. 1 and Nov. 15. Authorizations are issued daily by 11 a.m. based on weather, moisture and favourable smoke dispersion conditions.  Night burning is banned year-round. Producers may also require a burning permit, if located

White head from wheat stem maggot (l), and larva of wheat stem maggot.

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Summary of conditions as of July 28, 2015

Plant Pathogens: At the Crop Diagnostic Lab there are canola plants coming in with blackleg and sclerotinia. Some soybeans have been showing root rot – rhizoctonia and fusarium. Some sunflower fields are showing basal and mid-stalk sclerotinia. Some flax fields are showing pasmo lesions on stem and leaves. Insects: Levels of armyworms are starting to decline in some fields as