Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – July 29, 2013

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO Teams & Crops Knowledge Centre July 29, 2013 |

Northwest Region

Unsettled weather prevailed throughout the Northwest Region. The weekly accumulation of precipitation ranged from lows of around 18 mm at Dauphin and Roblin, to 50 to 60 mm in the
rest of the region. In all sectors some locally higher amounts of rain up to 100 mm have been reported. Daytime temperatures and humidity were moderate. Soil moisture is generally at
adequate levels with most sectors having 10 to 30% surplus moisture conditions present. Fork River, The Pas and poorly drained sectors around Dauphin, Ethelbert, and McCreary continue to
be more significantly impacted.

Crop development, stand consistency and crop conditions remain variable across the region, reflecting impacts of rain events, various soil textures and field drainage characteristics.
Some crop lodging has occurred. Up to 75% of spring wheat acres are at the dough stage, 100% fall rye and winter wheat at dough stage, and 75% of the canola is podded. Much of the
soybean crop is in early reproductive stages, with Ste. Rose area fields the most advanced in the region.

Fungicide applications are complete and some evidence of fusarium head blight is reported.

The weekly bertha armyworm moth trap counts have diminished through the region; moderate seasonal risk levels exist through a sector north and west of Roblin and parts of the Swan
River Valley.

Unfavourable haying conditions resulted in little progress this past week. While additional stands have been cut, the intermittent rains, poor drying and wet field conditions limited the amount of baling completed this week. Forage quality is poor in areas of high moisture. Swaths have been rained on multiple times after being turned causing severe weathering. Overall, approximately 50% is baled and 35% has been cut with yields being above average in some fields, though generally yield is average. Above average quality forage has been very limited to date and most of the production is rated fair to poor in quality. While wet areas do exist, many pastures are fair to good and the native hay lands have also improved to fair. Dugout water levels are full in all areas.