Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report – May 21, 2019

Northwest Region Crop Report Prepared by: Manitoba Agriculture
May 21, 2019 |

Northwest Region

Cool weather continued through the week with overnight frost as the thermostat dipped below zero. The weather warmed up by the end of the weekend with temperatures in the mid 20’s. There was rain around Swan River and The Pas mid week with amounts ranging from 5-13 mm. In spite of the rain, there was good seeding progress in most of the region. Soil moisture conditions throughout the region rated as good with the exception of the east side of the region where conditions remain dry and they are hoping for rain.

Overall seeding progress estimated at 75% complete with the exception of The Pas, where spring operations are just underway. Seeding of spring wheat is nearing completion at 95% planted with the earliest planted fields starting to emerge uniformly. Canola is 70 to 90% complete. Seeding of peas is generally complete and emergence was noticeable with the warmer temperatures. Soybean seeding is underway with 25 to 30% planted.

In-crop herbicide applications are just starting on the earlier seeded crops as timing and conditions allow. Insect activity has not been
an issue. Low temperatures and moisture have limited forage growth throughout the Northwest area. Some cattle out on pastures with supplemental feed being required. Corn silage seeding progressing well. Dugouts are limited in capacity and require rain for recharge. Alfalfa fields showing slow growth as well.