The weekly Manitoba crop report has been released.
Crop Specialist Dane Froese says some much-needed rain arrived this past week.
“That’s really helped out many of the crops across Manitoba,” Froese said. “Most areas of the province previously were seriously drier than normal but recent rainfalls have boosted those levels up to near normal – and in some cases, in some pockets – levels above normal.”
“Areas of the province that were driest to begin with still require more rainfall to see their crop to a successful completion, so pockets of the province in the northwest around Roblin-Russell areas and north of the Yellowhead Highway still do require more rainfall.” he added.
The Roblin area received the most rainfall in the Northwest Region last week, at 50 millimetres.
Froese notes there were even a few reports of damage due to the weather.
“There’s been isolated pockets where crops have lodged, cereal crops in particular have lodged in some spots. However they are starting to recover, and pockets that did receive small amounts of hail haven’t reported significant damage either.”
According to the crop report, hay and forage yields are significantly below average, at 40 to 60 percent of normal.
Froese adds insect pressure is present in all of Manitoba, but species and levels depend on the region.