Little damage seen in Man., Sask. frosts

(Resource News International) — Cool temperatures and a late spring
are believed to have prevented crops in Manitoba and isolated
regions of Saskatchewan from suffering any major damage from
overnight frost.

“I don’t think there was any substantial damage as a result
of the cool overnight temperatures that were experienced in
Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan,” said Bruce Burnett, director of
the Canadian Wheat Board’s weather and crop surveillance
department, referring to frost late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

However, he acknowledged, there might be a few
isolated areas where the cold readings might have hurt some
fields to the point where producers will have to reseed.

“This is maybe where the late spring has helped us out a bit
as there is not really a lot of crop that has emerged yet,”
Burnett said.

Of the crops in Manitoba, winter wheat was probably the
furthest along in development in the southern region of the
province and probably the most vulnerable to any damage from the
cold readings, Burnett said.

“There is more and more evidence surfacing that winter wheat
in Manitoba suffered a greater percentage of winterkill than
earlier thought, but the latest cold readings were not believed
to have added significantly to the damage,” he said.

Based on the duration of the cold readings overnight and the
fact that it was not necessarily widespread, the damage if any
will be minimal, said Mike Jubinville, a Winnipeg analyst with ProFarmer
Canada.

He said the extent of any damage will be known in about two
to three weeks.

Temperatures overnight in Manitoba were said to have dipped
as low as -3°C in some locations, based on
Environment Canada readings.

“We would definitely like to see these cool temperatures go
away,” Burnett said. However, he cautioned, some areas of Western
Canada still have not approached their latest date ever for a springtime frost.

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