Manitoba crops highly variable, still dealing with moisture

CNS — Crop conditions across Manitoba remained mixed during the week ended July 14, with some regions continuing to deal with excess moisture while others benefited from favourable weather, according to the latest report from Manitoba Agriculture.

Generally, the early seeded crops were rated in better condition than the late seeded crops, although impacts of excess moisture are also evident in early seeded fields, said the report. As fields continue to dry, the impact of the excessive moisture to crop stands was becoming more evident.

Producers were assessing crop stands and yield potential to justify further input costs in some fields. Where conditions allow, farmers were busy applying fungicides and herbicides to their crops.

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The southwestern corner of the province remains very wet, although drier conditions during the week allowed those crops not lost to flooding to show some recovery, according to the report.

Crop development varies widely across the province, with some canola fields in the flowering stage and others only in the seedling stage.

Rainfall, high humidity and excessive moisture and flooding continued to impact first cut haying operations, although producers in some areas were able to make progress, said the report.

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