Former Chatham-Kent councillor Leon Leclair said heavy rainfall has pushed back crop-planting dates close to one month. (File Photo)

OMAFRA field crop report still damp

In this week’s OMAFRA Field Crop Report, there has been varied response to planting as weather patterns have been different across Ontario.

But in some areas, soils continue to remain unfit for field operations, especially in much of the southwest.

In every part of the province, some have felt pressured to “mud it in” and work in borderline to unfit conditions.

For corn, planting progress has mostly mirrored the weather radar and the soil map. Lighter-textured ground and areas that have been afforded a few days of favorable weather are between 50-80% planted, such as parts of Grey, Bruce, and Huron counties.

For soybeans, planting has started soybeans. And for those who have intentions for winter wheat are planting earlier-maturing soybeans to ensure a suitable planting window for winter wheat and improve the chances of survival. Overall, soybean planting progress has been minimal to date.

For canola, the winter canola crop is flowering in southwestern Ontario and is being scouted to time fungicide application at 20 to 50% flowering. Spring canola is emerging well.

The full crop report can be found by clicking here.