Outside of some mid-May rains, conditions have generally been excellent for field work as of May 22. This has allowed planting to continue or wrap up at a quick pace for most parts of the province.
Cool night temperatures, including frost warnings in some areas, were expected to have minimal impacts for most field crops overall, but may have locally affect some frost-prone areas. This also presented some challenges for application of crop protection products.
As of May 22:
- Winter wheat flag leaf is emerging in more advanced areas. Insect pest pressure has generally been lower than normal this growing season. Nutrient deficiencies have been noted in some fields;
- Corn planting is estimated to be nearly complete in most areas, with many areas having wrapped up the previous week – even areas with heavier soils that typically start later;
- Soybean planting continues. Some reports of planting completion range from 75 to 90 per cent;
- Winter cereal forage harvest has continued or started in many areas of the province this week. Staging may be slightly delayed compared to recent springs and fields should be scouted for appropriate crop stage for end use. Fields should also be scouted for alfalfa weevil.
For more information or to view the breakfast meeting notes, visit the Field Crop News website.