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Manitoba farmers face crop harvest delay

Crops have not been flourishing as quickly this summer due to the weather.

Crops have not been flourishing as quickly this summer due to the weather.


Alex Shahviri
Staff Writer

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 3:02 PM - The weather this summer has taken its toll on British Columbia with forest fires, Alberta and Ontario with flooding, and now – crops in Manitoba.

There have been two main factors affecting crops this year.

The first was the long winter that Manitobans and most of Canada experienced which delayed seeding and planting. The second factor was the unusually cool summer.

And while many Canadians have complained about the heat, farmers in Manitoba can't get enough of it. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the cold temperatures have hindered crop growth for farmers and they are expected to be two to three weeks behind.

Those outside of Manitoba may be asking, how cold has it really been this summer?

The lack of warmer days, like the one pictured above, have taken their toll on Manitoba farmers and their crops.

The lack of warmer days, like the one pictured above, have taken their toll on Manitoba farmers and their crops.

Winnipeg, MB has seen an average of under 20°C this summer, with averages of 19°C in July and a mere 17°C in both June and August. Despite these temperatures, they are not out of line with what other parts of the country have been through this year. Toronto, ON barely averaged 20°C over these past three months, while Calgary, AB experienced an average of just 16°C this summer.

Comparatively, last summer Winnipeg, MB saw an average of that 20°C so crucial for growing crops. Despite some panic regarding the crops, people remain optimistic. In an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, Albert Turski, a spokesman for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, stated he is hopeful the situation will sort itself out before it gets too cold again.

"We are a couple of weeks behind, but sometimes Mother Nature makes up for it."

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