Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 16, 2012

Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO Teams & Crops Knowledge Centre
July 16, 2012 |

Northwest Region

Above seasonal temperatures and high humidity were prevalent throughout the week in the Northwest Region. On Thursday, the Swan River area had upwards of 125 mm rain with significant run-off and stream flows. On Sunday, all areas had general rains of up to 40 mm with occasional strong winds and isolated thunderstorms.

Winter wheat and fall rye are rapidly approaching maturity with most fields in the grain filling stages of development.

Approximately 25% of spring wheat is into dough stage and 30 to 35% of canola is podded. Hemp, silage corn, soybeans and other cereals are developing quickly and are more advanced where field conditions are more favourable in the southern areas. Crops in the northern areas of the region are in very wet soil moisture conditions and some crop yellowing exists. Heat stress on canola has resulted in some flower abortion.

General weed control has been successful with many very clean fields and few escapes visible. Throughout the Northwest Region, localized true armyworm insecticide applications were needed on cereals, corn and forages. Fields are being scouted for aphids, bertha and true armyworms.

Fungicides treatments are well advanced; however, some delays occurred in the northern areas due to wet field conditions.

Haying operations are underway with approximately 30% of first cut remaining and 30% is baled. The recent high humidity and rains has hampered dry down and harvest. Hay yields are average or below average while is quality is generally fair. The hay harvest is less advanced in northern areas where wet field conditions are more prevalent.