Manitoba looking for more warm weather

Manitoba’s latest weekly crop report says rain and cool weather continue to prevail over much of the province’s agricultural areas.

In the southwest, several areas reported rainfall  varying from 10 to 50 mm last week. In the northwest, rain ranged from six mm in Ste. Rose, 25 mm in Roblin and Swan River areas to 30 mm around Dauphin. The Interlake, much of which is already saturated, received from 7 to 60 mm. Fisher Branch area received 33 mm adding to already saturated soils, though Moosehorn received 60 mm which was welcome in that area.

Most areas report crops lagging normal development and warm weather forecast this week will be welcome. Canola is beginning to finish flowering and podding, and some early-seeded fields are beginning to turn colour. Under the damp conditions, disease remains a concern and fungicides were being applied in some areas last week.

Some  producers have started desiccating winter wheat and some have started cutting fall rye.

Second-cut alfalfa is being harvested in the northwest but pastures have been under grazing pressure and feed supplies are reported tight.

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