Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – June 29, 2015

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development June 29, 2015 |

Northwest Region
Unsettled weather over the past week in the Northwest Region caused localized thunderstorms throughout the area. Rainfall amounts vary from zero to nearly 25 mm in localized parts of the Swan Valley, no precipitation in the Roblin area, and 6 to 25 mm at The Pas. There were reports of hail associated with some of the thunderstorms in the southern part of the region but no crop damage has been reported. Soil moisture conditions in the Northwest Region vary. The Ste. Rose, McCreary, Dauphin and The Pas areas have mostly adequate soil moisture while the Swan River and Roblin areas would benefit from precipitation as conditions are dry.

Approximately 50% of the wheat crop is at the tillering stage of growth while the remaining 50% has elongated or is at early heading. Overall, cereal crops in the Northwest Region are reported in good to fair condition.

Approximately 30% of the canola crop is in the seedling stage of growth, 50% is at the rosette stage of growth and 10% is bolting. A small amount of canola has started to flower. Overall, canola ranges from fair to poor condition, mostly because of poor and non-uniform emergence of reseeded fields.

Approximately 50% of the corn is emerging with 50% ranging in development from V1 to V5. All soybean acres are in the vegetative stage.

Weed control looks adequate with most herbicide applications complete. Where necessary, fungicide applications have begun on early seeded crops.

There continues to be some flea beetle activity in the Swan Valley, as well as grasshopper development in areas where the soils are a lighter texture, warm and dry.

On the eastern side of the region, haying for beef quality forage began last week and is being baled. Very little is cut as there is rain in the forecast. In the western part of the region, forage growth is limited due to a lack of moisture. Haying has not begun and producers are waiting to see if there will be adequate forage growth over the next couple of weeks. Both hay fields and pastures in the western areas of the region are rated in poor condition.