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Manitoba crops flourished this year

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A pile of winter wheat lays under a giant tarp beside the Patterson Inland Terminal at the Perimeter and #6 Highway after this yea'rs bumper harvest.

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A pile of winter wheat lays under a giant tarp beside the Patterson Inland Terminal at the Perimeter and #6 Highway after this yea'rs bumper harvest.

What a crop!

Statistics Canada has made it official that Manitoba farmers harvested a bumper crop in 2013.

Manitoba farmers harvested record soybean and corn crops this year, two crops not even on the radar in this province a decade ago, according to the federal agency's annual survey.

Farmers are reporting production of 1.1 million tonnes of soybeans, up from 770,200 in 2012, which was the previous record. Yields were up 6.2 per cent to 37.6 bushels per acre.

Farmers harvested 1.2 million tonnes of corn, thanks to seeding 375,000 acres, up almost 30 per cent from 2012.

Canola totaled 2.9 tonnes, up 36.7 per cent from a year ago. Spring wheat reached 4.4 million tonnes, thanks to a record average yield of 56.2 bushels to the acre. Barley production rose for the second straight year to 705,400 tonnes, thanks to record yields of 77.1 bushels per acre (versus 56.2 bushels per acre in 2012).

Sunflower seed production fell, due to less seeded acres, to 51,900 tonnes. Oats also fell marginally by 1.8 per cent to 590,700 tonnes.

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