Winnipeg, June 1 – Many canola crops in Southern Manitoba were badly damaged by frost seen early Saturday morning, causing farmers to reseed their fields, according to a local farmer.
“There’s quite a bit of canola that has been damaged, and some guys are reseeding. Some guys are still assessing though,” said Anastasia Kubinec, oilseed specialist with Manitoba Agriculture.
“We are recommending that they maybe wait another day before deciding to reseed.”
ICE Futures canola futures were trading up more than three percent higher on Monday morning compared to the close Friday.
WeatherFarm data shows the temperature hit two degrees Celsius below at 5:00 a.m. on May 30 in Fannystelle. Areas around Elm Creek and Elie fell to minus one around the same time. In Brandon, temperatures dropped to three degrees below early Saturday morning.
Bill Craddock, whose farm is located in Fannystelle, said many of the fields in the region were “wiped out” by the frost.
“From Starbuck east we have been more fortunate, but west of Starbuck has been less fortunate,” Rempel added.
Many farmers have already started reseeding their fields, and there should be enough seed supplies to go around in the country, it just may take time to get it delivered.
“Every half ton I saw yesterday had canola seed in the back of it,” said Kubinec. “Monsanto and Bayer, their reps are running around with canola seed, so is Canterra, and Brett Young Seeds was taking seed orders this morning.”
While having to seed canola fields again will eat up some of the farmers’ time, it won’t be much of an additional cost, she added.
“Some of the companies, if they’re reseeding back to the same variety, they are giving them a heavy discount on the seed, and they will get a reseed benefit from MASC (Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation crop insurance).”
The frost damage problem is widespread, and is more extensive than recent reports suggest, according to Rempel. But, because it’s still early enough in the growing season, and a good crop is still possible if weather cooperates for the rest of the spring and summer.
“The canola that is being seeded now should pop out of the ground very quickly, and typically there’s enough moisture in Manitoba to get that done,” he added.
“If we don’t have a really hot flowering period at end of June, beginning of July, we’ll be just fine.”