Flea beetles appear in Manitoba
By Top Crop Manager
May 25, 2015 - Excellent drying conditions due to warmer, drier weather allowed seeding operations to resume in many areas of Manitoba. Provincially, seeding progress is estimated at 87 per cent complete.
The previous week's weather of rain, snow, wind and cool temperatures impacted some crops across the province. Excess moisture impacted crop emergence and plant stands, mainly in the lower areas of fields. Frost, wind and excess moisture resulted in reseeding of mainly canola acres.
Increased flea beetle activity in the earliest seeded canola fields is reported. Control measures are necessary in some fields, along with reseeding; monitoring of feeding damage will continue.
Crops are emerging rapidly with the more favourable weather conditions. Weed control will become a priority for producers as crops and weeds advance.