July 30, 2014 2:26 pm
Updated: July 31, 2014 7:30 am

Weather delays Manitoba vegetable production

Local produce is appearing in Manitoba farmers markets after a cold winter, late spring and flooding delayed crops this year.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG — A brutally cold and long winter followed by a water-logged spring has frustrated Manitoba vegetable farmers.

The growing season for produce is well behind schedule. Some vegetables are two to three weeks delayed. Crops such as corn and tomatoes are particularly behind.

Doug Chorney of Keystone Agricultural Producers said the late start to the season mixed with flooding and now cooler nights have had a huge impact.

Some crops aren’t as plentiful and that means in some cases availability is driving up prices at farmers markets, he said.

If Manitobans want home grown vegetables, now is the time to buy, he added.

Many farmers have struggled to recover from the 2011 flood, Chorney said, and he estimates the same amount of farmland has been impacted this year.

Local produce is appearing in Manitoba farmers markets after a cold winter, late spring and flooding delayed crops this year.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News
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