August 27, 2011


US Ontario's corn crop ready for harvest by September



Hot and dry weather conditions have aided to develop Ontario's corn crop and may be ready for harvest by mid-September, showed the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs's field crop update for the week ended August 25.


Early planted corn in a few areas of the province was already showing significant dent while June planted corn is also developing reasonably well.


Grain filling conditions have been quite good in August with the exception of those areas where soil moisture remains limited, the report said.


Edible beans fields were maturing rapidly with harvest of cranberry and other early maturing types starting, the report said.


Perennial weeds such as milkweed, Canada thistle, and perennial sow thistle were evident in the edible bean fields.


The harvest of the province's rapeseed crop was underway with yields to date of 0.75-1 tonne/acre.


The report noted that the quality of the rapeseed was good, but with small seed size.


Rainfall and above average heat units have provided an excellent opportunity for rapid growth of soybeans during August, the report said. Most fields are now at the R5 (beginning seed) growth stage. Yield potential varies tremendously across the province, from field to field, and even within fields.


Overall, the crop has improved considerably over the last four weeks and many growers are now anticipating a reasonable yield.

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