Crop report - May 30, 2017



Manitoba Agriculture

The majority of the province dealt with moderate to cooler than normal temperatures last week. Strong southerly winds on Wednesday, May 23 caused soil blowing and drifting on soils with dry topsoil and poor crop residue.

Seeding is nearing completion in Manitoba with about 90 per cent of cultivated acres seeded. Many growers are already done. Seeding is lagging most in the northwest and southwest regions with 70 to 85 per cent completed respectively.

Southwest Region

Rainfall over the past week has slowed down seeding operations. About five to 20 mm of rain has fallen over most of the region. The highest rain fall was recorded in Russell and the surrounding area. The areas in the southwest corner has received very little precipitation, so crops could benefit from some rainfall at this stage.

Winter wheat and fall rye continue to progress well with few fields at the early boot stage. Weed control applications have been completed in most winer cereal fields. Overall seeding is about 85 per cent complete with south of Highway #1 at 95 per cent while areas north of  the Trans-Canada are 75 per cent done. 

Field peas are done seeding with very good emergence. Most of fields are at second to third node stage. Producers are planning for herbicide application. Cereal crops are about 90 per cent complete with only wetter fields and some silage or green feed acres to be planted. Some of the early seeded cereal crops are in the three to four leaf stage. Canola is about 75 per cent done seeding with early planted canola emerging. There are some reports of flea beetle feeding on canola however there is no major damage reported. Corn is about 80 per cent done planting with some early fields emerging. Sunflowers are emerging as well. Growers should be monitoring their sunflower fields for cutworms damage. Soybeans are about 80 per cent planted with some early fields just starting to emerge. Producers are rolling their fields. No major emergence problems reported so far. Some reports of the odd cutworm found in some fields but no major damage reported. Diamondback moth counts are very low in most of areas. There are reports of large infestations of tent caterpillars in poplar stands that are encroaching into yards and towns.

Salinity, compounded by dry weather conditions is causing delayed or failed emergence in some fields. Rainfall over the past week will stimulate forage growth on hay and pastures.