July 13, 2009 / 10:11 PM / 8 years ago

Rain helpful for some Manitoba crops

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Rain boosted crops in the dry parts of the Western Canadian province of Manitoba but the Interlake continues to struggle with too much moisture, the provincial government said on Monday.

* Southwest: Heavy rain in some areas last week was badly needed. Most cereal crops are in the flag leaf to early heading stage. Canola is flowering.

* Northwest: Rain also helped moisten dry areas in this region, with amounts averaging 5 to 15 millimeters (0.2 to 0.59 inch). Evening temperatures hovered a few degrees above freezing in some areas during the weekend. Twenty-five to 75 percent of cereals are headed and 45 to 80 percent of canola is flowering.

* Central: Rain averaged 25 millimeters (0.98 inch) across the region.

* Eastern: Soil moisture conditions are full across the region after rain in the past week that ranged from trace amounts to heavy. Cereals range from the tillering to heading stage, with spring wheat and barley the most advanced. Early seeded canola is flowering, while later-seeded fields are bolting.

* Interlake: Excess moisture continues to plague the region, making field operations difficult. Hail damaged some crops near Riverton. Cereals range from the boot stage to heading. Canola ranges from the rosette stage to flowering.


* Manitoba crop report


Reporting by Rod Nickel; Editing by David Gregorio

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