Manitoba’s winter wheat seeding stalled

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CNS Canada — Manitoba winter wheat seeding is underway, but farmers are facing some complications in areas where other crops aren’t out of the ground yet.

Winter wheat seeding traditionally takes place from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15.

“But it’s been a bit tricky this year,” said Jake Davidson, executive director at Winter Cereals Canada.

Canola, a major stubble source for winter wheat, has been coming off later due to frost earlier in the year and producer reseeding.

Where canola is ready to come off the fields, wet weather has left producers unable to get on the fields, Davidson said.

“I was hoping on increased acreage. But it might not work out; (in) different areas it’s just a matter of having the stubble crop,” he said.

This year’s winter wheat production in Manitoba reached 381,000 tonnes, fewer than last year’s 470,800.

Regardless, Davidson said, producers are still happy. “Low fusarium; high protein; reasonable yields for the year.”

Jade Markus writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting. Follow her at @jade_markus on Twitter.


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