Making an already terrible harvest even worse, if that can happen, a freak hail storm struck south of Souris on September 24. Sandra Williams was combining in the canola field when the storm hit and captured these unbelievable pictures. Their remaining crop was wiped out.
The Manitoba Crop Report for this week is below:
Harvest progress has been slowed by widespread rainfall, and limited to one or two days per week. Drying of tough and wet grain is common for recently harvested cereals and canola. Soybean harvest has started on early varieties in the Central, Interlake and Eastern regions. Overall harvest progress is approximately 59% complete, below the 3-year average of 70.2% for the fourth week of September. Winter cereal seeding is complete. Winter Wheat: 100%; Fall Rye: 100%; Spring Wheat: 86%: Barley: 90%: Oat: 90%; Field Pea: 100%; Canola: 58%; Flax: 9%; Soybean: 5%: Dry Bean: 18%; Sunflower: 0%; Corn (Grain and Silage) 6%.
Severe thunderstorms with hail and heavy rains fell over the last week and on the weekend. Rainfall has prolonged harvest, which is already delayed from earlier high moisture conditions. Other than Russell area, most districts received 30 to 110 mm rainfall. Brandon, Boissevain, and Mountainside all received greater than 100 mm. Frequent rains are recharging soil moisture, but creating a lot of trouble for unharvested crops. Cereal quality is deteriorating quickly under these conditions. Very little harvest progress occurred last week. Standing water visible in low-lying areas.
Overall Harvest is 55% complete. More producers working in straight cut fields than in swath. Canola Harvest is 30% complete. Yields range between 45 to 50 bu/ac and quality is good.
Spring wheat is 65% harvested in the region. Most fields have average to above average yields and protein ranges from 13 to 15%. In most cases, aeration and drying is needed for high moisture grains. Remaining unharvested crop being downgraded due to mildew and sprouting.
Soybean crop is in R7 to early R8 stage. Leaves are dropping in majority of the fields. Crop is moving past the point of frost injury. There are no reports of any acres harvested yet.
Head rot is occurring in sunflower fields Heavy crop is expected.
Grain corn fields need another week of nice weather to complete physiological maturity. Heavy frost could affect corn yield and quality at this stage of development.
Most cattle are still on pasture with some supplemental feeding. Outlook for feed has improved, as producers are anticipating weather damaged crops will be available for feed and the precipitation has extended the grazing season. Dugouts at 70% capacity. Very little surface runoff has occurred so far.