On a farm not far from Mather, Manitoba, Bart Mayo is concerned about the spring wheat and canola. The last few weeks have been dry and hot. “Normally, we’ll get a hot stretch of weather in July, but not as frequent as it’s been. We’re looking at daytime highs in the 90 and 100 degrees in the foreseeable future. That’s extreme.” Mayo is most concerned about the canola crop. “Conditions were extremely dry when we planted. Canola needs to be seeded shallow into moisture and we didn’t have moisture. Many areas did not germinate. Then, we had flea beetles,” said Mayo. “Right now, the crop isn’t terrible, but with the high temperatures, we call it heat blast, it knocks the yellow petals right off the plant. We’re losing yield everyday.”
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