Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – September 7, 2021

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture
September 7, 2021 |

Northwest Region

While a mid-week storm brought precipitation to the Roblin and Swan Valley districts, the rest of the region was able to move forward with harvest progress. Accumulated precipitation was highest in the west and northwest side of the Swan Valley and ranged from 51 to 100 mm. While recent precipitation has helped surface moisture conditions in some areas, subsurface soils remain very dry and water sources continue to be depleted.

Field pea harvest is 99% completed across the region with the odd field still standing.

Spring cereal harvest progress moves closer to completion; 40 to 45% harvested in The Pas with average yields of 60 to 75 bu/ac; 65% harvested in the Swan Valley with yields ranging from 40 to 70 bu/ac; 85 to 90% harvested in Roblin and Dauphin areas. Some sprouting concern has been noticed
with recent precipitation.

Desiccation of canola continues as stages are reached. Canola harvest is underway in the region with the exception of The Pas. Approximately 10 to 15% harvested in the Swan Valley and Roblin area. Yields so far are reflective of the varying conditions of the canola crop and range from 15 to 20 bu/ac in poorer stand and 35 to 45 bu/ac in better stands.

Soybeans continue to ripen, moving from R6 to R7 in the northern part of the region while the southern part of the region is more advanced.

Fababeans and Flax remain standing and continue to ripen. Recent moisture has improved fall pasture conditions across the region. However, water supplies in dugouts, rivers, and sloughs remain quite low. More moisture is needed to replenish water supplies for next grazing season. Where there is sufficient growth, beef producers are waiting until a killing frost before taking a second cut of alfalfa to respect the fall dormancy period.

Baling of straw and sourcing of feed is ongoing. Corn silage harvest has not yet begun.