Frost strikes in numerous spots in Manitoba

MarketsFarm — Numerous areas throughout the growing areas of Manitoba experienced frost, according to the province’s crop report for the week ended Monday.

The coldest locations were Sprague in the eastern region, Narcisse in the Interlake and Lake Audy in the southwest, which experienced temperatures of -2 C on Sept. 8. Many other areas saw temperatures between 0 C and -1 C.

However, Manitoba Agriculture reported the frost didn’t result in any significant damage to crops.

Harvest of some field crops throughout much of the province had been close or on pace until rains caused delays. Throughout much of Manitoba, 10 to 25 millimetres of rain were received, with the southwest getting 40 to 45 mm.

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Overall, combining of winter wheat and fall rye has been completed, while field peas were close behind at 98 per cent.

Due to slow development this year, canola has lagged far behind pace with up to 26 per cent of crop off of the fields, with many regions left waiting for drier conditions to begin the harvest. The three-year average is 63 per cent complete.

The spring wheat harvest was at 67 per cent complete, behind the three-year average of 81 per cent.

Barley and oats were close to the average, being 77 and 71 per cent complete respectively.

There has been little harvesting of soybeans, sunflowers and corn as the crops were either not ready or wet conditions kept farmers off of their fields.

— Glen Hallick writes for MarketsFarm, a Glacier FarmMedia division specializing in grain and commodity market analysis and reporting.

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