Thursday, June 4th, 2020
Excessive winds dry out soil across Manitoba and Saskatchewan, while pockets of central-northern Alberta face excessive moisture.
Seeding is now basically complete across the province. A frost event last weekend damaged some canola in the south, while northern regions were isolated from damages as not much of the crop had emerged yet. Strong winds have been an issue across the province – mostly drying out topsoil moisture, but in some instances also causing sheering and soil blasting of seedlings. Most of the province needs rainfall – subsoil moisture is present, but the topsoil is trending very dry.
Seeding is wrapping up through south and central regions, while northern areas will require a few more days to complete operations. Strong winds are drying out soil moisture across the province. In the south, crops have germinated nicely so far, but late seeded oilseeds may struggle to germinate until a rain event occurs. Central regions have seen good germination, but flea beetles are starting to be a problem in canola crops. In the north, conditions are generally favourable, however – shearing and soil blasting on canola remains a concern given the winds.
Seeding is mostly complete in the south through central/northeast regions, while the Peace area still has around 40% of the crop to plant yet. It is estimated that 10% of the Peace region will go unseeded due to the delays caused by 2019 spring threshing as well as excessive moisture.
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