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More than 95 per cent of Manitoba potato acreage planted

June 4, 2024  By Potatoes in Canada


Manitoba’s weekly Potato Report shows that more than 95 per cent of potato acres have been planted in the province. On an individual level, farms are reporting anywhere from 40 to 100 per cent progress.

Weather and moisture

Rains are 200 to 300 per cent of normal in potato growing areas, with some areas experience interruption in planting from May 20 to 25 due to rain. As such, seed rot has been reported in some wet fields.

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There was also snow reported in some parts of the province on May 24.

For the top zero to 30 millimetres of soil, much of the province is classified as “wet” or “very wet,” with only two small areas classified as “optimal.” For the top zero to 120 millimetres, most of the province is still classified as “wet,” although fewer areas are classified as “very wet.” Several more small zones are classified as “optimal.” More rains are expected next week.

Trends and alerts

Incidences of poor emergence due to soft rot are being reported from some wet fields. There appears to be varietal differences in incidence of rotting within the same field. Late blight monitoring updates on a weekly basis will become available later, when plant stages and conditions are optimal for disease transmission.


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