Will this Crop Recover? Management Decisions for Water Logged Crops


Farmers from a wide swath of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are slogging through washed out roads, flooded homes and submerged fields after a weekend of rain that dumped from three to over seven inches of water over the southeast and west portions, respectively, of those provinces.

For many crops, the water is simply too much — already-wet fields had little holding capacity to begin with, and even if the water moves off the field, several days under water may have killed the crop (if there was one to being with). Moving outside of the drowned out areas, many farmers are dealing with water stressed crops. Signs of yellowing and slowed growth are evident, as the crop struggles through the wet feet.

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If you had ponding or saturated soils, is there anything you can do to help the crop through? What about fungicide timing, if you’re approaching that? Do you wait to assess yield potential, or make the call based on what WAS there before the rain event(s)? In this quick audio interview, Pam de Rocquigny, cereal specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, explains the risk of water logged soils and ponding, how long it may take to judge how well the crop survived and offers tips on making the call on applications to protect yield.

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