Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – August 5, 2014

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development August 5, 2014 |

Northwest Region
Warm temperatures over last week continue to help crops improve throughout the Northwest Region. Soil moisture levels range throughout the region with dry conditions prevailing in the southern portion of the region and wetter conditions to the north.

Rainfall amounts in the region ranged from negligible in some parts to over 63 mm in others. Rainfall was a result of short but intense thunderstorms, which also caused some wheat crops to lodge. Small hail was reported in the Swan River area.

Regionally, approximately 15% of the cereal crop is at the heading/flowering stage, 70% is in the milk stage of growth and about 15% is in the dough stage. In the canola crop, 85% is at some stage of flowering with 15% podded. In soybeans, 25% of the crop is flowering and about 75% is podded. Approximately 10% of the field peas are blooming with 90% podded. In general, crop development is about two weeks behind normal for this time in the growing season.

Fungicide applications are nearing completion. Weed control is adequate although wild oats are becoming more visible above the crop canopy. Bertha armyworm activity is reported at The Pas where
one field of canola required treatment.

First cut tame hay harvest is nearing completion, although isolated showers and thunderstorms are slowing operations in some areas. Native hay harvest is ongoing but will be delayed around the lakes due to high water levels. Cereal silage will be harvested shortly.

Pastures are rated good and those in the western parts of the region will benefit from recent weekend rains.