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Good seeding progress seen in Ontario: OMAFRA

Favourable weather conditions allowed
producers in Ontario to make good seeding progress during the
week ended May 7, according to the latest field crop update from Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Planting of the province’s spring cereals was nearing
completion with 95 per cent of the crop in the ground, the report said.
Early seeded fields were showing excellent emergence and early
growth.

Seeding of the spring canola crop in Ontario was 50 to 70 per cent
complete in the southern areas, with northern areas just

starting. Recent rainfall brought relief to the cold and dry soil
conditions that has delayed emergence, the report said.

Planting of Ontario’s corn crop was progressing rapidly, the
report said. Emergence has mostly occurred on the early-planted
corn and stands generally look good. Some plants are pale green
because of the weather stress, but should come along quickly with
some heat.

OMAFRA said there was some injury to emerged or
close-to-emerged corn when frost occurred on April 29-30. In some
locations, temperatures recorded at ground level were -10°C.

Mild injury included the tips of the emerging leaf being
“nipped off”. More severe injury included freezing injury to the
seed, killing the plant because the freezing temperatures
occurred at the growing point, the report said.

Cold and wet conditions, meanwhile, have delayed early
planting of soybeans, the report said.

OMAFRA said the mild winter and cool, wet
weather in the province has been favourable for soil insects.
Chafers, June beetles, seedcorn maggot, and slugs could pose a
risk in some soybean fields.

Early growth of pastures has generally been excellent, and
livestock are appearing on grass as quickly as the fences are
fixed, the report said.

With the return to seasonal temperatures, Ontario’s winter
wheat crop has jumped ahead. Tremendous variability in stand
development exists, mainly due to planting date. The bulk of the
crop is at Stage 31 (first node), which is the beginning of stem
elongation.

Several winter wheat areas suffered frost damage between
April 28 and 30. Counties that were hit the worst were
Lambton and Middlesex. Damage to the wheat crop was significantly
worse in fields that were sprayed for weed control one to three days
prior to the frost.

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