Crop quality greater in western Manitoba

MarketsFarm – While the western parts of Manitoba are seeing healthy crops, the eastern and Interlake regions aren’t so fortunate, according to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.

Crop ratings for both the southwest and northwest regions range from 50 to 75 per cent good to excellent, according to the province’s weekly crop report released on July 27. Soybeans and peas were at the top of the list at 75 per cent in the southwest, while spring wheat, barley and oats were rated 70 per cent good to excellent in the northwest. Oats and canola were rated the lowest at 50 and 55 per cent respectively in the southwest, while peas (55 per cent) and canola (50 per cent) were the lowest rated in the northwest.

Crop conditions varied in the central region with sunflowers at 75 per cent, peas at 70 per cent and dry beans at 55 per cent, but spring wheat (25 per cent) and oats (20 per cent) did not fare well. Sunflowers were the only bright spot in the eastern region at 80 per cent, but all other reported crops were at 50 per cent or less, including oats, peas and canola at 10 per cent. In the Interlake, soybeans were the best rated crop at 20 per cent, sunflowers and corn were at 15 per cent, and spring wheat and canola were rated at a dismal five per cent.

More than 25 millimetres of rain fell onto the Neepawa, Killarney and San Clara areas in western Manitoba for the week ending July 25. Meanwhile, a wide stretch from Melita east to Lac du Bonnet received less than five mm. Western Manitoba and the central region have seen at least 130 mm since May 1, while the Interlake and areas east of the Red River haven’t yet received 100 mm.

Eleven more municipalities have declared agricultural states of disaster in July: Alonsa, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Mossey River, North Cypress-Langford, Rockwood, Rosedale, Ste. Rose, and West Interlake.

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