Harvest nearly complete in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Oct. 17  (CNS Canada) – Harvest was nearly complete last week in Manitoba, according to the last crop report of the year released by Manitoba Agriculture Monday.

Harvest of cereal crops, field peas and canola was essentially complete, while soybean and flax was close to complete with the corn and sunflower harvest ongoing.

The 2017 growing season started out with slower than usual seeding in April, but in May progress was quick with 95 per cent of crop seeded by the last week of the month.

Dry conditions then hit throughout most of the province until mid-September. Crop yields for spring cereals and canola were better than average in many areas, however lower soybean yields were reported due to dry conditions during pod fillings.

Germination and stand establishment of winter cereal crops is good, however seeded acres for winter crops is down across the province.

Dry conditions throughout most of the southwest region of the province last week resulted in good progress, with harvest nearly complete. Corn harvest had just begun in the area with sunflower harvest not having started yet.

Nice fall weather continued last week in the northwest region which resulted in good harvest progress. The spring wheat harvest was basically complete and most canola had been harvested. A few acres of flax and most of the soybeans remained in the Roblin area. The hemp harvest had just started.

Hardly any rain fell in the central area last week, however killing frost occurred in most of the region which helped with dry down of standing corn and sunflowers. Harvest of all other crops was essentially complete. Corn harvest was at 20 to 25 per cent complete with sunflower harvest continuing.

In the eastern region limited rainfall allowed for good harvest progress last week. Harvest of cereals, canola and soybeans were at, or near completion. Sunflower and corn harvest continued.

Fall field work including tillage, soil testing, and post-harvest weed control and fertilizer applications of anhydrous ammonia was ongoing across the province.

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