Some producers have been able to start their 2015 seeding operations. However, the recent cold, wet and snowy weather conditions have slowed that progress. With some seeding done, I’ve been asked the question: “What has been seeding progress prior to May 1st in Manitoba in recent years?”.
Producers who participate in AgriInsurance provides seeding date information to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). This dataset provides us a historical perspective of when seeding has taken place in the past.
In Table 1, cumulative seeding progress prior to May 1st for six crop types is provided. A five year (2009-2013) average cumulative seeding progress is noted, along with what was seeded prior to May 1st in 2014. I have also included 2010 as that crop year had the highest cumulative seeding progress since 2009. Please note that data is for final insured crop in the ground.
Table 1: Seeding progress in Manitoba prior to May 1st.
As the data shows, there has been variation since 2009 on when producers were able to start seeding. Look for future updates to historical seeding progress as we enter May!
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, MAFRD