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Frost early, widespread in Manitoba

Farmers are still assessing crop damage

A big chunk of rural Manitoba got its first serious taste of fall frost overnight Monday and into early Tuesday morning.

The west and southwest regions experienced the lowest temperatures, registering frost periods of around eight hours in length, and temperatures from -2 C to a low of -5.2 C, recorded in Inglis.

A band a bit further west experienced freezing temperatures ranging from -1 to -2 C, but for longer periods. Grandview, Newdale and Oakburn all experienced 11 hours of frost.

Few details have yet emerged about crop damage, but anecdotally growers were expressing concern over the state of soybean crops. Many were still far from ripe and the crop is known for its lack of frost-tolerance.

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