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Heat stress affecting Manitoba crops

Aug. 13, 2014 - Symptoms of heat and moisture stress are evident in several crops in Manitoba, according to the latest provincial crop report. In many areas of the province, precipitation would be welcome to aid in grain filling, regrowth on pastures and hay fields, and continued growth in crops such as grain corn, sunflowers, edible beans and soybeans.

The majority of spring seeded crops are either grain-filling or podding, with some of the later seeded crops finishing up flowering. Swathing or pre-harvest desiccation of the earliest-seeded spring cereal fields has started.

Winter wheat harvest continues across Manitoba with yields ranging from 50 to 80 bushels per acre, with fusarium damaged kernel (FDK) levels ranging from less than one per cent up to 20 per cent.

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