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High winds, frost make for difficult harvest conditions

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 8

Southwest Region Cold temperatures and rain in some areas stopped harvest last week. Very strong winds on Saturday and severe frost Monday night have been extremely hard on some crops, and posing a serious challenge to farmers’ mental health. Wind caused damage to standing and swathed crops. Multiple reports of shattered canola and blown swaths

Winter cereals harvest half complete, yields seen mostly average

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 18

[UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2020] Southwest Region Unsettled weather continued in the Southwest. There are reports of a tornado that touched down near the village of Alexander but no reports of any loss. Wind damage to crops as lodging is visible in some fields. Canola, wheat and other crops are suffering with minor lodging especially in


Winter cereal harvest continues, rain seen as benefit to remaining crops

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 11

Southwest Region An EF-2 tornado touched down near Scarth on August 7, destroying a farm property and causing loss of life. Wind speeds reached 190km/hr at the time of storm. Overall, the preceding week was windy and dry in the Southwest region, advancing crops in their growth stages quicker than normal. Scattered showers fell over

Warm, sunny weather sees rapid development of Manitoba crops

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 4

Southwest Region Another good growing week without major weather events. Most late seeded crops are catching up rapidly with favourable weather. Growing degree-days are normal to above normal across most of the region. Soil moisture conditions are generally adequate, but soybeans, corn, and sunflowers could use a decent rain in coming days as fields are

Crops advancing quickly across Manitoba, as do the grasshoppers

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for July 28

Southwest Region Producers welcomed some nice warm days during the past week. Several areas received precipitation, with some larger amounts reported in thunderstorms with high winds and hail in the Shilo and Glenboro areas. There is no shortage of moisture in most of the region. Drowned out spots are very visible due to wet weather


Winter cereals could soon see harvest, corn, sunflowers growing well

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for July 21

Southwest Region A mix of sun and rain last week. Repeated thundershowers with southern parts of the region getting the most rainfall last week. Continuous moisture is putting a lot of stress on moisture-sensitive crops like peas and canola. Some crops are handling better this excess moisture situation than others. Water is pooling in low-lying

Crop staging advancing, reseeding efforts wrap up

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 23

Southwest Region Relatively cold and drier week in the Southwest region as below normal temperatures persisted. Miniota, Shoal Lake, Oakburn and Melita areas got 15 to 17mm rain while other areas received less than 5mm, which is causing some water stress in crops. Growing degree- days are still less than normal in much of Southwest.

Strong winds delay herbicide applications, some re-seeding in canola, soybeans seen

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 16

Southwest Region Favourable weather over most of last week gave producers a chance to complete seeding and some spraying. Limited rainfall, but some isolated thunderstorms brought rain to Kola and Dand area, recording the highest amounts at 30mm and 19mm, respectively. There was isolated reports of hail and very heavy winds over the weekend in


High winds, recent frost hurts crop development

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 2

Southwest Region Some scattered showers in the southwest region last week. St. Lazare and Russell received 4 to 7mm respectively. Crops need some good moisture in some areas of the region, as soil surface is quickly drying with very windy conditions. Temperatures were variable throughout the week. Daytime highs were normal; while nighttime lows dropped

Fair weather sees seeded cereal, canola crops quickly emerge

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 26

Southwest Region Most of the southwest region received rainfall during past week and on the weekend. Thundershowers in some areas brought a significant rainfall in short period of time. Amounts are varied and can be viewed here. Some areas close to Boissevain and southeast parts of the region toward Killarney, already dealing with surplus moisture,