Manitoba farmers unseeded land

Recent news is that farmers in part of Manitoba remain unable to seed some areas due to excess moisture by this Monday's deadline to file claims on those areas.

The provincial crop insurance agency, Manitoba Agricultural Service Corp. (MASC) set June 22 as the deadline for farmers to file excess moisture claims without a penalty attached. There is a final deadline to file such claims with penalties attached up to $500 is June 30.

The region between Lakes Manitoba and Winnipeg, the Interlake and Winnipeg, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) stated in its recent crop report that unseeded acres remain in the areas around Winnipeg Beach and Oak Hammock Marsh and in in the northern RMs of Bifrost, Fisher and Armstrong.

Soil crusting is now hindering crops emerging in parts of the Interlake.

The Dauphin/Swan River in the northwest part of the province the seeding is complete where field conditions allowed but there are still unseeded acres.

In the south-central area west of the Red River, there is a small number of acres that will not be seeded due to excess moisture.

East of the Red River the reports are that seeding is nearly complete as a result of warm weather.

The Brandon/Virden area in the southwest has had thundershowers which brought 10-25 cm of rain in some areas but most of the region is still quite dry. The hayland and pasture are not doing as well due to the dry conditions and early grazing pressure.