Crop report

Manitoba

Southwest

A storm dumped 50 to 100 millimetres of rain on many parts of southern Manitoba May 30 and 31. The rain halted seeding for a number of days. The precipitation could have the greatest impact on cropland near the U.S. border. The region along the border received 75 to 100 mm of rain in the middle of May.

Seventy-five to 80 percent of winter wheat fields have been reseeded in southwestern Manitoba because of poor plant stands.

Central

Growers in western parts of the region have reseeded winter wheat because of inadequate plant stands. Many producers have completed seeding. Farmers who aren’t finished will be significantly delayed by late May rain. Diamondback moth counts are low. Aster leafhoppers have not appeared in significant numbers.

Northwest

The moisture should boost pasture conditions, but warm weather is needed to stimulate growth. Producers continue to move livestock to pasture. More soybeans have been planted than previous years, particularly east of Dauphin.

Eastern

Seeding in the Red River Valley and east of the Red is basically complete. It’s uncertain how many corn acres have been seeded. Two weeks of good weather provided a window to plant grain corn, but Manitoba is unlikely to reach its predicted target of 400,000 acres. Livestock water is now rated as adequate after last year’s extremely dry summer, which depleted water levels.

Interlake

Producers in the southern Interlake are essentially finished seeding. Growers farther north are farther behind. Winter wheat is rated as fair to poor in the region. Warm temperatures are needed to boost pasture growth.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan farmers have generally made up for a late start to seeding. All regions made significant progress in the past week despite rainfall in most areas. The southwest is furthest advanced while the northeast is least advanced.

South

Many producers will soon be done seeding on the west side, while the east side is making excellent progress. It’s estimated that two to seven percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture.

Much of the area received significant rainfall, which brought high winds, localized flooding and hail damage to some parts.

The Coronach area led the province with 56 millimetres of rainfall.

Topsoil moisture conditions are good, averaging 80 percent adequate. Hayland and pasture topsoil is also averaging 80 percent adequate. The majority of the area’s pastureland is generally in good condition.

Central

Seeding progress has more than doubled in the last week and is generally on track with the five-year average. Five to 10 percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture.

Seeding was slowed after large amounts of rainfall fell over most areas. Humboldt led the area with 51 mm of rainfall.

Cropland topsoil and hay and pasture moisture conditions are all rated as good. The condition of more than half of all pastures throughout the area is also in good shape. There’s excellent water supply for livestock producers.

Localized flooding, high winds, hail and frost have damaged emerged crops in some areas. Weed growth has been heavy and producers are trying to spray herbicides when the winds are calm. Some areas reported fertilizer delivery delays and shortages.

Pasture growth has been slow and some areas would welcome a rain to help things along.

North

Seeding progress tripled over much of the area, thanks to warm and dry weather. Ten percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture.

Large amounts of precipitation fell, with the Spiritwood area receiving the most with 28 mm. Topsoil moisture on more than three-quarters of cropland is satisfactory. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 90 percent adequate.

More than half the pastures are in good condition. One hundred percent of livestock producers have indicated they have sufficient livestock water supplies.

Localized flooding, high winds and hail have damaged some emerging crops, but overall growing conditions are good. Fertilizer shortages have been reported in some areas. Many roads and fields are still wet and inaccessible, but most producers are managing to work around them.

Alberta

SOUTH

Slightly later than average start to growing season not expected to affect crops. Heavy rainfall reported in some areas. Rain halted spraying operations in most regions but was generally welcome. Cutworms in peas and winter wheat reported at threshold levels for spraying in the Vauxhall and Schuler areas.

Winter wheat crops doing well.

Some fields sprayed for army cutworm in Lethbridge area.

CENTRAL

Seeding mostly completed; some barley and oats remain to be planted. Earlier seeded crops emerging; good emergence reported. Rainfall in past week ranged from 10 to 55 millimetres. Soil moisture good to excessive. Wind earlier in month limited pre-seed burn off so weeds are growing well.

NORTHEAST

Rainfall reported last week, but more is desired. Seeding near completion. Hay and pasture land could use more rain.

NORTHWEST

Most areas received at least 10 mm of rain last week. Seeding near completion; some crops emerging. Hay and pasture in good condition.

PEACE

Most areas received rain last week.

Seeding slightly behind rest of province but nearing completion.

Quackgrass could be troublesome.

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