Rain slows progress, but spraying underway in Manitoba

Cool temperatures have delayed growth of some crops in Manitoba.

Despite cool, windy and wet conditions that hit many regions and delayed herbicide and fungicide operations last week, most farmers have managed to get in fields and complete one herbicide application, with second applications just underway, according to the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture issued yesterday.

Fungicide applications are nearly complete for winter cereals and are starting in spring cereals.

No serious insect issues have been reported in field crops, but alfalfa weevils have been reported in the southwestern, northwestern and Interlake regions of the province.

Some producers have made haying progress, but many have been delayed by wet conditions. Hay yields are expected to come in below average in some areas.

In the southwest, early-seeded canola is bolting and early-seeded cereals are reaching the flag-leaf stage.

In the northwest, producers living near The Pas continue to struggle with less than 10 percent of the crop seeded due to excess moisture.

In the central region, most cereal crops are doing well with most wheat in the early-flag to late-boot stages. Canola development ranges from four-leaf to early flowering.

Early-seeded wheat is starting to head in the eastern region of the province, with the remainder of the crop in the stem elongation or flag-leaf stage. Later-seeded canola is in the bolting stage.

Crop stages vary between southern and northern areas of the Interlake, with most barley and wheat heading in the south and canola bolting or in bloom. In the north, canola is in the vegetative stage and winter cereals have headed.

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