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Rainfall in central Manitoba well below average

August 30, 2023  By Top Crop Manager

Total accumulated rainfall remains variable across Manitoba, according to the most recent provincial crop report. Areas of the province near Fisherton have received more than 100 per cent of normal precipitation since May 1. However, much of the central region’s accumulated precipitation remains below 60 per cent compared to the 30-year average. Climate normals for total accumulated precipitation from May 1 to Aug. 20 range from 207.8 mm to 303.8 mm and are based on 30-year historical data.

Harvest progress in Manitoba sits at 13 per cent complete, which is on-par with the five-year average harvest progress.

Winter wheat and fall rye harvest is near completion, with 93 per cent of acres harvested. Early yield reports for winter wheat are averaging about 60 bu/acre and 70 bu/acre for fall rye. Harvest continues in spring cereal crops, with barley at 26 per cent complete, oats at 21 per cent and spring wheat at 23 per cent complete. Overall, cereal crops remain in fair to mostly good condition.


Corn is mostly in the R4 to R5 growth stages. Canola is mostly in the pod fill stage, with some fields starting to turn with desiccation and swathing continuing. Field pea harvest continues, with approximately 69 per cent of acres harvested. Soybean fields are mostly in the R6 to R7 growth stages with reports in the central region of soybean showing stress symptoms due to lack of moisture. Premature ripening has occurred on these fields.

Producers are encouraged to scout their fields for weeds which have escaped control. This is an important part of integrated pest management. Waterhemp has been found in the central and eastern regions and producers should seek identification of any unusual pigweeds in their field.


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