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OMAFRA: Adverse weather damaged cereal crop harvest

December 13, 2021  By Top Crop Manager

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA’s) field crop team has published their seasonal summary for cereal crops – both winter and spring.

The winter cereals of fall 2020 were seeded into ideal conditions, with plenty of time to develop a strong root system and tiller. As this increases the likelihood of winter survival, it’s unsurprising that most winter cereals came through the winter in excellent condition, with very little winter kill.

Hot, dry conditions through June advanced the wheat crop more quickly and shortened the grain fill period. Eroded knolls and sandy areas of fields turned prematurely. At the end of June, much of Ontario experienced a significant thunderstorm that resulted in the wheat lodging in many fields. Some fields did manage to stand back-up, but many fields remained flat right through to harvest. |READ MORE



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