Road and bridge work could create havoc as producers start to harvest winter wheat in some areas of Westman this week.
In southwestern Manitoba alone, there are more than 25 bridges that currently have some form of restriction on them.
More than another 20 sections of roads are still impassable, according to the Manitoba Road website.
“Everybody is concerned about the challenges with infrastructure and we’ve been assured by government that a lot of the emergency work has been undertaken and there is access to many of bridges that were damaged,” Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney said.
Chorney was out in his combine, harvesting winter wheat at his farm near East Selkirk yesterday.
He said some producers haven’t been able to move last year’s crop due to transportation problems in the winter and then isolation challenges due to moisture this spring.
“The single-lane bridges and barricades pose a big problem for farm machinery and grain trucks,” he said.
KAP has been in consultation with the government, Chorney said, and he’s confident the arteries will be open for harvest.
While it was too much water that was the problem earlier this growing season, it’s now a lack of water that has some producers concerned.
Chorney said his soybeans and canola crops are showing stress due to lack of moisture.
Irrigation equipment is in full use for vegetable crops near Portage la Prairie, he added.
In an ideal world, it would stay hot long enough for producers to get their winter wheat harvested and then rain to help pod fill other crops.
Fall rye is also being swathed with some fields harvested, according to the provincial crop report.
Most canola is nearing the end of flowering, while sclerotinia is present at low to moderate levels. The major disease concern in canola continues to be brown girdling root rot.
Some rain, ranging from a trace to 25 millimetres, has benefited flax crops, which have gone through an extended flowering period with many fields into the fourth week of flowering.
Corn and sunflowers continue to develop but are still at least two weeks behind normal.
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