More Ont. harvesters heading into spring wheat: GFO

A good chunk of Ontario’s spring wheat crop won’t be ready for the combine for another week at least, but substantial acres, especially in the Golden Horseshoe, have already been harvested, the province’s grain grower group reports.

Overall, wheat crop quality remains good and rains over the last few days have been beneficial for soybeans and corn as they continue to grow, Grain Farmers of Ontario said in its crop report Thursday.

East of Ottawa, the Prescott, Stormont and Dundas areas report some spring wheat is already harvested, though most won’t be ready for another week, GFO said.

Soybeans in that area, meanwhile, are in the flowering/early pod stage, with some drought stress; corn is mostly pollinated, though some is under stress, the group said.

Prince Edward and Lanark counties and the Ottawa district report winter heat yields ranging from 65 to 90 bushels per acre, and that spring wheat harvest will likely begin next week there as well.

Soybeans in those areas are in the full-flower stage, to be shortly followed by bean pod fill, when the individual beans begin to grow within the pods, GFO said.

The majority of corn in those areas is pollinated, meaning it’s now headed into the filling phase where kernels will develop on the ear.

The Durham, Peterborough and Hastings areas also report the beginning of wheat harvest, GFO said. Fields over the past week received about two inches of rain, which GFO said has been helpful for soybeans, though crop growth remains behind last year’s.

Corn in those areas is filling, meaning kernels are beginning to grow larger on each ear, though some is brown and withered due to drought conditions prior to last week.

Areas east and north of Toronto report wheat harvest at 50 to 80 per cent complete, with good quality and good yield, GFO said.

West of the city, the south Huron, Perth, Middlesex and Oxford districts report there is still some wheat to come in, but the majority of their wheat harvest is complete and quality is good.

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