Manitoba crops facing dry conditions

WINNIPEG,  (MarketsFarm) – Varying dry conditions are set take a toll on Manitoba’s pulse crops this year.

Some crops have stunted due to dry conditions throughout the year, said Serena Klippenstein, production specialist with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers.

Overall, crop conditions are still dependent on the soil type and where they are in the province. The Interlake and the northwest region around Swan River and Roblin have been among the driest areas in the Manitoba, according to Klippenstein.

The next two to three weeks will be critical for the province’s pulses, as precipitation is much needed. If there isn’t rain by then, “that’s it for them,” she said of the crops.

“Some [crops] are starting to mature early. Their leaves are beginning to turn,” Klippenstein commented.

The pea harvest is underway, as the crop was planted earlier in the year she said.

One thing Klippenstein noticed in the province, have been instances in which soybeans flipped their leaves. She said it’s a defensive measure the plant takes to protect itself from the heat.

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