Fusarium posing major problem for Manitoba crops

MarketsFarm — Most of the growing areas in Manitoba are at a high to extreme risk for fusarium head blight, according to the latest weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture.

The report, dated Tuesday, noted the province’s western and central regions are most at risk, along with some parts of the eastern region. The eastern half of the Interlake, the northern end of the east and a few scattered pockets elsewhere were ranked as having a moderate risk for FHB.

The province received significant rainfall over the reporting period. The northwest and southwest got 40 to 75 mm, while the central region received 25-80. The east had 15-50 mm and the Interlake 30-40.

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Crops across Manitoba were said to be in generally good condition, but with yellowing and drowned out crops in low-lying areas.

There’s variation in the quality of hay throughout Manitoba, with that in the central region said to be very promising. In the east, hay quality was reported at 60 per cent of normal and mediocre in the Interlake. There are issues with hay throughout the southwest, but in the northwest the rain helped to improve conditions.

Spraying continues for pests and diseases in most of the growing regions. Counts for bertha armyworm vary from region to region.

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Glen Hallick - MarketsFarm

Glen Hallick writes for MarketsFarm specializing in grain and commodity market reporting. He previously reported for Postmedia newspapers in southern Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.

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