Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – September 15, 2014

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development September 15, 2014 |

Northwest Region

Weather over the past week brought wind, rain, frost and harvest weather to parts of the region. The amounts varied across crop districts. The highest recorded rainfall was in the southern part of the region including Ethelbert, Grandview and Roblin where rainfall amounts ranged between 2 and 3 mm. Frost was recorded at several locations including Dauphin, Roblin, Ste. Rose and Swan River, where temperatures ranged from -0.1 to -0.7 C.

In the Roblin and Swan River areas, some combining occurred, with much of the crop harvested testing tough and put on aeration to dry it to safe storage levels. Approximately, 95% of the wheat crop is ripe, but wheat harvest varies from less than 5% combined in The Pas to 70% in Swan Valley and 10% in Roblin, Dauphin, Ste Rose/McCreary areas. Yield and quality are reported as average.

About 60% of the canola crop is swathed and less than 5% combined. The majority of the soybean crop has completed blooming and is podded. Harvest of the pea crop is complete, with average yields. Most harvest operations in the southern part of the region are stopped because of rain over the weekend, contributing to the already wet field conditions. The weekend rains missed Swan Valley where producers were able to continue with harvest. There has been little to no seeding of winter wheat or fall rye in the region mostly because of the late harvest of this year’s crop.

Haying concluded for most of the native hay harvest due to high water levels and saturated fields. Some very limited third cut alfalfa fields are being harvested. Some producers are still waiting for late seeded cereal crops to mature for greenfeed. Pastures are slowing in growth and many producers are starting to supplement feed on pastures.