Farmscape for November 1, 2018
Manitoba Agriculture reports the 2018 growing season saw the usual mix crops with typical total amounts of rainfall but a little warmer than normal.
Manitoba Agriculture released its 2018 Seasonal Summary earlier this week.
The report outlines the mix of crops grown, rainfall and temperatures and crop yields and quality during the growing season across Manitoba's five reporting areas.
Anastasia Kubinec, the Manager of Crop Industry Development with Manitoba Agriculture, says, overall, 2018 was an average year.
Clip-Anastasia Kubinec-Manitoba Agriculture:
We have our normal mix of crops that were planted this year, with canola being our top crop, then spring wheat with all of the various categories in spring wheat being secondary and then soybeans coming in third.
That's typically our top three crops that we've had here in the past five years.
We did have dry beans, grain corn was fairly high this year.
We did have barley.
Oats was a little bit higher than what we typically do have and peas was up as well.
Crops that did go down were winter wheat, flax and sunflowers.
Yield wise, I think we're probably going to be sitting, most parts as an average yield across the board.
We do have some crops that are lower yielding, we do have some crops that are higher yielding but I think that will look average.
When we start looking at moisture, if you take out the moisture that was in September October, then we would be looking at a drier than normal year.
If you included that moisture in September and October precipitation for our growing season from May 1 to October 1, it would be average just because the bulk of that moisture did come in September and early October.
If you're looking at heat units for this year in Manitoba we are above normal, again if you're looking at that May to September 1 time line.
Kubinec says, while there are still crops out in the fields in all of the reporting regions, another few days of good harvesting weather will allow growers to wrap things up for this year.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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