Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 22, 2018

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture
May 22, 2018 |

Northwest Region

Warmer weather and limited precipitation this past week resulted in good seeding progress. There was some rainfall in the southernmost part of the region with upwards of 22 mm in the Inglis area and 15 mm around Ste. Rose. The remainder of the region did not get any substantial precipitation and soil moisture throughout the region is dry. This is especially noticeable in the top soil layer where winds are producing dust. Producers are being cautious with spring tillage operations in an effort to reduce moisture loss. Subsurface soil moisture conditions around The Pas are adequate to good.

Overall seeding progress estimated at 60 to 75% complete. Seeding of spring wheat is 75 to 95% complete with the earliest planted fields starting to emerge uniformly. Canola is 65 to 75% complete with canola seeding in the northern part of the region closer to 30%. Seeding of peas is generally complete, and approximately 50% of the soybeans are planted.

Herbicide applications are just starting on the earlier seeded crops. There are reports of some spraying for cutworms in the Benito area. Some areas of the region that were dry in the fall and dry again this spring are seeing grasshopper activity.

Most of the region is in need of rain to stimulate forage growth. Due to the dry conditions and poor grass growth, supplementation is still being required for cows being turned out to pasture.