Concerns grow for Canada’s 2022 crop yields with seeding off to slow start

The delay in starting sowing in most of the prairie into 2022 is already raising concerns about potentially low crop yields this fall.

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Farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan got off to their slowest start since spring 2017 due to rain, snow and flooding.

In Manitoba, sowing was only 40 percent complete as of May 31, compared to the five-year average of 91 percent.

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In both provinces, low-lying fields are still covered with standing water and will likely go without seed.

Late sowing is often associated with a late harvest and lower-than-average yields, says a report by Raymond James analyst Steve Hansen.

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Canadian farmers are under pressure to produce a strong crop this year as the war in Ukraine sparks Granthshala fears about food security.

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