Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – September 19, 2023

Manitoba Agriculture
Crop Report

September 19, 2023

Northwest Region
Another good week of harvest progress, with a slight pause at the end of the week due to rain. Most of the region received frost early in the week, with varying temperatures. Alonsa weather station recorded the lowest overnight temperature at -2.9 °C. Some frost damage were evident in corn and soybean crops, depending on the stage of crops and degree of frost. Daytime temperatures reached mid to high 20’s over the weekend and continued to contribute to good harvest conditions. Yields continue to vary widely and dependent on early season rains.

Spring wheat harvest had another good week of progress, with most areas approximately 95 to 97% done.

Harvest in The Pas is slightly behind that at approximately 70% complete. Yields have been ranging from 50 to 90 bu/acre, while some fields have done poorer and some better. Initial reports of quality have been good, however some reports of lower protein.

Canola harvest continued over the week and is approximately 40 to 45% complete. Desiccation and swathing continue as crops reach appropriate stages. Yield reports have averaged from 40 to 55 bu/acre, while some crops have yielded below 40 bu/acre and some above 55 bu/acre.

Field pea harvest is 100% complete. Yields are variable and are mostly dependent on precipitation through the season. Fields with little precipitation ranged from 40 to 45 bu/acre while better fields at 60 to 70 bu/acre. Baling of pea straw is occurring. Some post-harvest field work has been done as crops are removed.

Soybeans are now mostly in the R8 stage and are moving towards maturity. A small start to harvest in the Dauphin area. Some crops may have been touched by frost, but unknown if any damage at this time.

Seeding of fall seeded crops started last week across the region.

Provincial Overview
Harvest progress sits at 64% complete across the province, which is ahead of the 5-year average (54%).

Harvest continues in spring cereal crops, with barley at 95% complete, oats at 95% complete and spring wheat at 93% complete. Overall, cereal crops remain in fair to mostly good condition.

Many corn fields had achieved growth stage R6 and were drying down. Canola harvest continues with approximately 55% of the acres being harvested across the province. Soybean fields are mostly in the R7 to R8 growth stages with harvest progress sitting at 21% provincially.

Producers are encouraged to scout their fields for weeds that have escaped control. This is an important part of integrated pest management. Waterhemp has been found in the Central and Eastern regions and producers should seek identification of any unusual pigweeds in their fields.

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