Some progress made with seeding in Manitoba last week, despite severe weather

More rains stopped seeding progress in Manitoba once again. But Manitoba Agriculture’s Amir Farooq says farmers did make some headway over the past week.

Overall, Farooq says spring seeding in the province is around 90 to 91 percent complete.

Farooq says there were over 880 thousand acres left unplanted as of Manitoba’s June 20 seeding deadline.

Seeding progress for the southwest region is 90 percent complete, with a rapid push early last week to plant remaining acres that were not still waterlogged.

The Pas, Swan Valley and Roblin are mostly complete at about 99 percent seeded, while Dauphin and Grandview are about 85 percent complete.

Severe weather systems brought strong winds and heavy rains to the southwest region of Manitoba last week. Farooq says crops in the area are suffering from excessive moisture.

“A big storm system happened in that Foxwarren, Binscarth and Angusville area. It brought close to 4-6 inches of rain and hail damage as well.” said Farooq.

In the northwest, extreme heat over the weekend brought severe thunderstorms, leading to heavy rains. Like the southwest, Farooq says it hurt crop development.

“They also got quite a bit of moisture last week and some hail damage in Swan River and Benito in that area, so their crops are also suffering at this point with the moisture as well.”

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