Potato planting has slowly started in rain soaked Manitoba with 4,000 acres planted in the Carberry/Shilo region, the May 10 crop report from Manitoba Agriculture says.
“Extremely wet and cold April conditions, with a number of Central region locations receiving over 500 per cent of normal precipitation for that month, prevented soils from draining and drying ahead of planting. As a result, crop planting is delayed by at least two weeks behind ‘normal’ starting dates,” the report says.
The report also notes heavy flooding in the Red River basin has caused overland flooding, saturating low-lying fields and filling waterways. Overall seeding progress for all crops in Manitoba is at less than one per cent done, which is down from the five-year average of 21 per cent.