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Manitoba Harvest Wraps Up

Manitoba farmers are nearly finished this year’s harvest, with only a few corn and sunflower fields left, according to the last crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives for the season.

Warm and sunny weather allowed the majority of acres to be harvested across the province, said the Nov. 23 report.

Soybean yields range from 20 to 40 bushels per acre, with quality variable. The majority of samples were grading as No. 2 in the central region and No. 3 in eastern Manitoba. Some downgrading, due to frost and white mould, was noted.

Edible bean yields averaged 1,200 to 1,500 pounds per acre, with some fields hitting 2,500 pounds per acre. Quality was also variable for edible beans, with downgrading reported in crops that remained in swaths for longer periods before harvesting.

The flax harvest also wrapped up during the week, with yields in the 10-to 30-bushel-per-acre range in eastern Manitoba, and 25 to 40 bushels per acre in the centra region. Weight and quality were both reported as good.

The majority of the sunflower harvest was complete, with yields for oilseed varieties ranging from 600 to 1,500 pounds per acre in the eastern region, said the report. In central Manitoba sunflower yields ranged anywhere from 500 to 2,000 pounds per acre. Quality was poor in many areas due to sclerotinia.

The grain corn harvest was still progressing during the week, with early reports putting average yields around 100 bushels per acre. Less than 10 per cent of the corn crop remains to be harvested, and producers with fields left to combine are waiting for moisture levels to decline.

Farmers also remain busy with fall field work, and were said to be making good progress on fertilizer applications and field cultivation.

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