Severe weather causing problems for Manitoba crops

CNS Canada — Manitoba was pummelled over the weekend with heavy rains, winds and even hail in some areas, leaving various crops around the province a little beat up.

“It’s a little too early to say what the final impact will be, but crops that saw that severe weather system did see some crop damage,” provincial crop specialist Pamela de Rocquigny said.

Amounts of rain varied across the province, ranging anywhere from 10 to 140 mm of rain, she said.

“Some areas are definitely wet and that’s having an impact on crop development and field operations, in terms of herbicide and fungicide applications,” she said.

“We see producers moving from ground applications to aerial applications just because field conditions are a little bit too wet.”

Those hardest hit have reported crop yellowing, slow crop development and some crop deaths, de Rocquigny said, but other areas are having better luck.

“The good news is that areas that haven’t received as much rainfall are actually in fairly good condition. We are seeing variability,” she said.

The full impact of the storms won’t be fully realized until approximately next week, she said, adding that she hopes for a change in weather.

“What we really need is just a stretch of some warm, dry weather,” de Rocquigny said. “I think crops have the capacity to recover from some of these excess moisture conditions that we do see.”

— Erin DeBooy writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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