April 26, 2010 / 9:05 PM / 8 years ago

Manitoba farmers seeding under dry skies

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - A lack of rainfall in the past week has helped farmers plant cereals and canola in the Western Canadian province of Manitoba, the provincial government said on Monday.

Southwest: Little to no rain fell over the past week with some scattered showers on the weekend. Above average temperatures have producers seeding approximately one week earlier than normal. Producers are currently seeding pulse and wheat crops.

Northwest: Most of the region had no precipitation, with minor amounts in some areas. Early week daytime temperatures throughout the region were at or above normal. Cereal seeding is underway in all areas. In some areas, lower soil moisture levels are a concern.

Central: No significant precipitation and above-normal temperatures have allowed for good seeding progress. Producers in eastern areas of the region are waiting for wetter areas to dry before seeding further. Precipitation would be welcome for even germination and emergence. Seeding of cereal crops ranges from 10 percent to 90 percent complete. The earliest seeded cereals are starting to emerge. Canola acres range from 5 percent to 60 percent complete.

Eastern: A lack of precipitation created ideal seeding conditions for many. Flooding of the Red River this spring is causing delays for some producers. Excess moisture and cleanup of debris such as straw and trees is delaying seeding in some fields. Seeding of cereal crops range from 50 percent complete in the Dugald area to 100 percent complete. Some producers have 25 to 40 percent of their canola acres already seeded.

Interlake: Seeding progress in the south Interlake ranges between 30 and 65 percent complete with crops planted to date predominantly cereal crops and canola. Many producers are waiting to seed their canola acres.

Reporting by Rod Nickel; Editing by David Gregorio

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