Fruit Crop Recovering After Unusual Spring

Jun 17, 2021

Manitoba's fruit crop is recovering after an unusual spring that featured both frost and heat warnings in a short period of time.

Anthony Mintenko, a fruit crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture says there was frost damage on some of the strawberry crop.

He notes strawberry growers have irrigation, adding the recent rain was also welcome.

"Any rain we can get is welcome and a rain is always good for to help incorporate fertilizer. It was definitely needed."

Mintenko says the heat wave we're seeing now isn't usually seen until July.

He notes insects are starting to show up with the warmer weather, and control measures are underway.

Strawberry picking normally gets underway in late June/early July. Raspberries are early to mid-July, as are saskatoons.

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