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Seeding season is underway, but many producers are facing fields like this one near Somerset.

Filling in the trenches before spring seeding

Producers are trying to find time to deal with the ruts they left while scrambling to get crop in last fall

Manitoba’s grain farmers are still racking up the butcher’s bill from last year’s “harvest from hell.” Some are still trying to get last year’s harvest off the field, some have been forced to burn that unharvested crop thanks to fields too wet or crops too far gone to be worth combining. Some are trying to

Ready or not, spring seeding is upon us

Spring is in the air and farmers say they’ll deal with what comes their way

Bill Campbell says he’s ready for spring — his combine just got back from its annual winter check-up. The Minto-area farmer and president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers says he’s ready to finish last year’s harvest as soon as his fields are passable this spring. That’s adding to what’s already going to be a short and stressful spring



Some of Andre Harpe’s swathed canola is shown in this photo taken Feb. 28.

Harvest Part 2 looms for some as spring seeding approaches

Dealing with unharvested crops will be different on every farm but having a preliminary plan is still key

Unharvested 2019 crop will be the first thing many western Canadian farmers will have to deal with this spring. There is no easy or one-size-fits-all answer on how to best handle these crops. The ideal option is probably to combine them because they’ll be worth something, crop insurance may require it, and this step removes

The winter precipitation in the map shows the precipitation for the period to date. Most of Manitoba has received less than 60 per cent of normal precipitation during this winter. Southeastern Saskatchewan is also below 60 per cent of normal, while the rest of the province is below 85 per cent of normal. In Alberta, southern regions have received above- normal precipitation along with most of the Peace River region.

Cool, later-spring forecast for Prairies

More moisture is in the forecast too, but it needs to be timely to help crops

Western Canadian farmers can expect a cool, later-than-normal spring, according to a forecast from DTN Progressive Farmer and WeatherFarm. While that means a later start to spring seeding and the risk of a late-spring frost, the silver lining is it will help conserve the limited moisture coming from a smaller-than-normal snowpack. Although Western Canada is




Soybeans seedlings can’t take much frost, but it days a few days to know whether to keep or re-seed a frost-damaged soybean field, says Terry Buss, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development based in Beausejour.

Look to more than calendar for best time to plant soybeans

Soybeans don’t like cold and they are very susceptible to spring frost

Now is the time to plant soybeans in Manitoba according to the calendar, but date is just one of four factors to consider, says Terry Buss, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) based in Beausejour. The others are soil temperature, the weather forecast for 24 hours before and after


Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report: Issue 1

Conditions as of May 3, 2015

Weekly Provincial Summary Favourable weather and field conditions have resulted in an early start to the 2015 growing season. Producers across the province have started to seed, with the most progress in the Central and Eastern regions. Localized areas that had excess moisture in past growing seasons are still experiencing wet conditions and need continued

When soybeans catch a chill, the farmer gets a cold.

Bringing soybeans in from the cold

A Brandon research scientist is studying the effects of cool temperatures during the Manitoba growing season

A Brandon research scientist is studying how cold temperatures during the growing season can put a chill on soybean production. Ramona Mohr, who works at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre, says it starts with a “chilling effect” at planting. Mohr presented preliminary results from her studies at North Star Genetics’ annual soybean