A temporary Disaster Financial Assistance Recovery Office in Brandon will close today.
The office, which featured stops throughout Westman and the rest of Manitoba, has received nearly 600 private applications for DFA, according to a provincial release.
Another 35 applications have been submitted by municipalities and other groups.
Early estimates by the province suggest the flood response and repairs will be north of $200 million, a number that doesn’t include agricultural losses as they continue to be assessed.
Earlier this month, Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney said at least 920,000 acres of farmland went unseeded, while three and half million acres may be affected by water in the end.
The flood is expected to cost farmers $1 billion, he said.
According to this week’s provincial crop report, there was minimal precipitation across the southwestern region.
Crops in the reproductive stages of development have jumped due to ideal temperatures.
Late-seeded canola is at the bolting stage, while the majority of the crop is in full bloom as fields turn yellow across the region.
Early soybean and most peas are flowering.
Soybeans have recovered from iron chlorosis earlier this year, but brown spot disease continues to be seen on the lower leaves.
Wheat fields are being monitored for wheat midge, while bertha armyworm numbers remain low.
Favourable weather has helped haying progress, where land isn’t too wet. There is
still a large number of acres of hay land that is inaccessible due to moisture or washed-out roads.
Hay yields are average to above average across the region with average quality. Native hay will be minimal as it is mostly on lower-lying land that remains under water.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 25, 2014