Manitoba Agriculture reports the fall seeded cereal crops are advancing quickly toward maturity and the fall rye harvest is expected to begin shortly.
Manitoba Agriculture’s weekly crop report indicates, with the exception of some reports of Fusarium Head Blight, the fall seeded cereal crops are coming along well with development most advanced in the Centre Region.
Pam de Rocquigny, a Cereal Crop Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, reports winter cereals are progressing quite rapidly.
In the Central Region they’re thinking harvest could start fairly shortly and, of course, that depends on weather conditions as well. We’re definitely seeing our fall rye quickly approaching harvest time.
Winter wheat will be quickly behind that and then we’ll move into the other crop types but, for our winter cereals, those are typically the first ones off and for fall rye we’re quickly approaching that for some fields.
For the most part we’ve been hearing that the fall seeded crops appear to be in good condition. They’ve been growing quite nicely with the weather and they seem to have been handling the excess moisture a little bit better than some of the later seeded crops that we did see. That’s been a little bit of good news for sure.
We are hearing some reports that there has been some lodging due to the thunderstorm activity with the winds and the rain. Hopefully was late enough in the season that it’s not going have a huge impact on the yield or the quality of the crop. It’s a little bit too early to say.
We haven’t really done any yield estimates in our winter cereal crops but we’re always hoping for an average to above average crop. We’ll see, once combines start rolling in the fields, what kind of yields there are for our winter cereals here in the province for 2016. ~ Pam de Rocquigny, Manitoba Agriculture
De Rocquigny adds, like everyone has been saying for the past couple of weeks, a stretch of warm dry weather would go a long way in helping those areas that have seen more moisture than usual and would be great.