Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – August 22, 2016

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture August 15, 2016 |

Northwest Region
Scattered showers occurred in various parts of the Northwest Region over the week with approximately 10 mm in Swan River, 25 mm in The Pas and mainly clear in the Roblin area. Except for localized heavier showers, which paused operations in the Swan River and Dauphin areas, the warm weather through the balance of the week allowed for harvest operations to progress. Soil moisture conditions are generally adequate throughout the region with some fields in the Dauphin area challenged by wet soil moisture conditions. With the exception of crops in those areas impacted by too much moisture earlier in the season, most field crops throughout the region continue to mature and are in relatively good condition.

Crops are advancing with spring wheat harvest operations underway, with approximately 10% complete in the Roblin and Dauphin areas, and around Swan River about 30% complete. Canola continues to develop with 50% of the canola fields podding and 50% mature. Ten to 20% of the canola is swathed in the Roblin, Dauphin and Swan River areas. Field peas are also advancing with most fields at maturity and harvest operations reaching 90% complete. Soybeans, for the most part, are podded with 5% of the acres at R7 stage.

Some post-harvest fieldwork has taken place, dependant on time and weather conditions.

Haying continues across the region with the majority of first cut complete. Yields are average to above average with quality variable depending on amount of rain received in swath and how mature the forage was when cut. Second cut harvest is ongoing with good yields being reported. Areas in the RM of Mossey River are still struggling to put up hay due to wet field conditions. Native hay harvest across the region has also been affected with excess moisture. Cereal silage yields are excellent with chopping near completion for the eastern side of region. Pastures are in good condition.