Rainy weather bad news for Manitoba farms
June 8, 2009 By The Canadian Press
June 8, 2009, Winnipeg, Man. – A rainy forecast for this week is more
unwelcome news for many Manitoba farmers already facing waterlogged
June 8, 2009, Winnipeg, Man. – A rainy forecast for this week is more unwelcome news for many Manitoba farmers already facing waterlogged fields.
“Certainly it’s the last thing we needed to hear, especially for the eastern side of the province,” said Ian Wishart, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers.
A cold, wet spring that was exacerbated by flooding has left farmers seeding crops far later than normal. Typically seeding can start in late April or early May, but farmers in some parts of the province are just finishing now and others are still hard at work.
Environment Canada is calling for rain and below-normal temperatures in much of the province until Thursday.
Wishart said frost last Friday night has some growers fearing they might have to replant.
But some parts of Manitoba face different circumstances. Farmers west of Brandon need more rain, while the Swan River Valley is in good condition.
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