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Lack Of Rain Impacting Winter Cereals

Some of the province's winter cereal crops are suffering.
That from Dane Froese, Industry Development Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture.
"They did not get enough moisture earlier on into September to begin that germination process, particularly in that central region where that moisture is needed and necessary to get those crops germinated and up to about the three/four leaf stage before they freeze and go into dormancy and overwintering," he commented. "Now, we didn't have that growth happen by the time that first frost and solid freeze started to occur. The crop might suffer."
Meanwhile, Froese says some farmers are continuing to apply fall fertilizer. Soils have a little bit more moisture due to recent rains and snow, which makes the ground a little more workable. He notes producers are still trying to get as much fertilizer in this fall in order to prepare ahead of time for next spring.
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