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Crop Report – for Jun. 4, 2009

SOUTHWEST REGION

Little to no rainfall allowed seeding to progress over the past week.

Cereal seeding is 90 per cent complete, canola is 75 per cent complete, sunflowers are 80 per cent complete and flax is 70 per cent complete.

Early-seeded cereal crops are in the one-to two-leaf stage and canola crops range from emergence to one-leaf stage.

Producers continue to burn off weeds on fields where crops have not emerged. Flea beetle scouting continues.

Cattle have moved to pasture. Pastures are rated as poor to average.

NORTHWEST REGION

Dry and warm weather conditions allowed seeding to progress. Soil moisture conditions range from full in some areas to dry around Roblin and Swan Valley.

Cereal seeding is 75 per cent complete and canola seeding ranges from just starting to nearly complete in the Roblin and Ste. Rose areas. Limited seeding has occurred in McCreary, Alsona and some areas around Dauphin. In the Roblin and Swan River areas, 25 to 75 per cent of the early-seeded cereal crops have emerged and 15 to 50 per cent of the canola crop has emerged. Flea beetles are active in the Swan Valley area.

Winter wheat and fall rye crops are rated in fair condition.

Growth in hayfields and pastures remain slow. Producers with limited feed supplies are moving cattle to pasture.

CENTRAL REGION

Good progress was made late in the week in all areas.

In the western part of the region, cereal seeding is 80 to 100 per cent complete with the Gladstone, Manitou and Darlingford areas delayed due to wet soil moisture conditions. In the central areas, many producers have finished seeding. In the eastern part of the region, seeding progress ranges from 25 to 65 per cent complete. Morris and Rosenort areas are reporting the least progress. Many locations report broadcast seeding of canola where field conditions allow for heavy harrowing or disking in, behind the floater. Majority of corn, sunflower and potato acres are seeded. Edible bean seeding has started.

Crops are slow to germinate and emerge due to cool weather and cold, wet soil conditions. Some cereal fields are in the one-to two-leaf stage. Canola crops range from germinating to one-leaf stage.

In canola, frost injury above the escarpment has been reported. Flea beetle activity has been noted.

Volunteer cereals and canola are growing, as are perennial weeds including dandelions, curled dock, quackgrass and Canada thistle. Winter annual weeds are flowering. Annual weed growth has been slow.

Much of the winter wheat acres in the eastern part of the region will be reseeded due to winterkill.

Hay-fields and pasture growth is slow.

EASTERN REGION

While there was some intermittent rainfall last week, seeding operations continued across the region. Soil moisture conditions are rated as full.

Seeding progress is variable across the region with central areas more advanced than southern areas. Cereal seeding is 10 to 70 per cent complete, canola is 10 to 70 per cent complete, soybeans are 25 to 80 per cent complete, corn is 10 to 95 per cent complete, sunflowers are 10 to 50 per cent complete, field peas are 70 per cent complete and flax is 20 to 30 per cent complete.

Early-seeded cereal crops range from emergence to two-leaf stage and canola crops are emerging. Uneven emergence has been noted in heavily rutted fields.

Herbicide applications may begin this week in early-seeded cereals. Flea beetle activity has been noted on early-seeded canola.

Winter wheat fields that remain in production are rated as poor to good.

Hay-field and pasture conditions are rated as fair to good. Growth is slow.

INTERLAKE REGION

Rainfall amounts ranged from three to 15 mm across the region which caused some seeding delays.

Seeding progress ranges from zero to 95 per cent complete. In the southern parts of the region, seeding is 60 to 100 per cent complete. In the northern parts, seeding ranges from just starting in the Lundar, Gimli and Fisher areas to 35 per cent complete in the Ashern and Moosehorn areas. A wide range of crops have been planted including cereals, canola, soybeans, corn, and sunflowers.

Early-seeded crops are emerging. Flea beetle activity has been reported in canola crops.

Forage growth remains slow. Cattle have been moved to pasture.

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