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Wet weather slows Man. harvest

Harvest resumed in western and northern areas of Manitoba last weekend after delays caused by cool, wet weather the previous week, the provincial agriculture department reported Monday.

Cereal and oilseed harvests were complete or nearly complete in the central region (around Portage la Prairie and points south), east of the Red River and in the far southwest corner, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) reported for the week ending Sept. 17.

Canola harvest in western areas north of the Trans-Canada Highway remains about 40 to 50 per cent complete, and about 80 per cent complete in the Interlake region between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. Only about 60 to 70 per cent of canola acres in the northwest (Dauphin/Swan River) have been combined. Cereal harvests are about three-quarters complete in the west.

Last week’s rains weren’t enough in many areas for farmers in the southwest and west-central regions trying to seed winter wheat, but farmers further east have completed seeding and report higher-than-average acres seeded.

Flax harvest continues in the central, Interlake and eastern region; cutting continues in edible beans in the central region, where sunflowers have reached maturity and begun to dry down; and soybeans and corn in the eastern (Eastman) region have shown some frost damage, but not enough to significantly impact overall expected yields, MAFRI said.

Pastures in the southwest, central and eastern regions are deteriorating, MAFRI reported, and many producers have fallen back on supplemental feed. The Interlake region reported that its hay supplies seem sufficient for winter cattle feeding.

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