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Crops progressing thanks to rain

MarketsFarm — Crops across Manitoba were progressing steadily thanks to good amounts of rain across the province last week, according to Manitoba Agriculture’s most recent crop report.

Rainfall volumes varied in the southwest region. Southern parts of the region received severe thunderstorms with precipitation around 130 millimetres. However, the northern area still required more rain. Nearly all canola fields in the region were in full bloom. Some crops were thinner than usual due to poor germination and insects. Rain boosted hay and pastureland production throughout the region, while also keeping grasshoppers and other insects largely at bay.

Crops were progressing at a normal rate in the northwest region. Rainfall in the region ranged from 38 to 48 mm. Almost 100 per cent of canola fields were flowering, except for areas that were planted behind schedule. Generally, crops were in average condition, although in drier regions crops were below-average. Soil moisture conditions around Dauphin and Ste. Rose du Lac continued to be short. Swan River soil moisture was 90 per cent adequate, and soils in The Pas and Roblin were rated as 100 per cent adequate.

In the central region, precipitation ranged from 35 to 152 mm. A number of canola fields were reseeded later in the spring, and so they were in varying stages of development. For first-cut hay crops, yields were 25 to 50 per cent of normal, as a result of the dry spring. Second-cut hay crop yields were expected to be better.

Precipitation in the eastern region ranged from 35 to 150 mm. Soil moisture conditions on cropland across the region were rated as 25 per cent surplus and 75 per cent adequate, with conditions in hay and pasture lands rated as 90 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hayfield and pasture conditions were rated as 60 per cent good-to-fair, and 40 per cent poor-to-very poor.

Crops were in varying stages of development in the Interlake region. Most areas received between 25 and 60 mm, which was well below normal. Topsoil moisture was adequate for 60 to 75 per cent of the crops, and short-to-very short for the remaining acres. Pasture growth has stalled in the driest parts of the region; 30 per cent of pastures were rated as fair and 70 per cent are rated as poor-to-very poor. Topsoil moisture for hay and pastureland is rated as 70 per cent short and 30 per cent very short.

Regions across the province will require more timely rain events throughout the summer.

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Marlo Glass writes for MarketsFarm, a Glacier FarmMedia division specializing in grain and commodity market analysis and reporting.

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