MarketsFarm – Dry areas of Manitoba received much needed rain during the week ended July 22, with the majority of the province’s agricultural land now reporting optimal soil moisture conditions, according to the latest weekly report from Manitoba Agriculture.
Warm and humid conditions helped with crop development in most areas of the province during the week. Precipitation was scattered, with widespread rains in central Manitoba and thunderstorm activity across most areas of the province. Yellowing was reported in some lower wet spots, although conditions were generally improving by the end of the week.
Spring cereals were seeing good development, aided by the favourable weather, according to the report. Canola was flowering in most areas, with early seeded fields already finished flowering in some areas.
Insects pressure was noted across the province, with grasshoppers a particular concern this year.
Hay and forage yields are well below average, at 40 to 60 per cent of normal, according to the report.