Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – September 26, 2023

Manitoba Agriculture
Crop Report

September 26, 2023

Northwest Region
Good harvest weather continued this week, with light rain pausing progress on Sunday. The regional high was at the Ashville weather station at 28°C. Overnight lows stayed slightly above 0°C, the Inglis station recorded the lowest temperature at 1.1°C.

Spring wheat harvest had another good week of progress, with most areas approximately 98% done. 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. Most winter cereals have been seeded. Canola harvest continued over the week and is approximately 75% 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 in the R8 stage and are moving towards maturity. Soybean harvest has started in some areas, with anticipation that more crop will be ready in the coming week. Initial yields are reported at 30 to 35 bu/acre.

Provincial Overview
Harvest progress sits at 76% complete across the province, which is ahead of the 5-year average (64%). Harvest continues in spring cereal crops, with barley at 98% complete, oats at 98% complete and spring wheat at 97% complete. Overall, cereal crops remain in fair to mostly good condition. Many corn fields have reached physiological maturity and are drying down. Grain corn harvest has started in the Central region. Canola harvest continues with approximately 78% of the acres being harvested across the province. Soybean fields are mostly in the R8 growth stage with harvest progress sitting at 41% 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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