June 27, 2014 6:40 am

Rainfall warning issued for western edge of Manitoba

Storm clouds pile up near Lauder, Man., in southwestern Manitoba, in May. The region has been swamped by rain.

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WINNIPEG – Western Manitoba will be hit by rain that will again soak already wet fields, but the amounts will vary widely across the region.

An area of Manitoba from the U.S. border to the northern tip of Lake Winnipegosis is under a rainfall warning Friday and Saturday.

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Dauphin, Roblin, Winnipegosis, Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Russell, Riding Mountain National Park, Swan River, Duck Mountain, Porcupine Provincial Forest, Virden and Souris are expected to get rain overnight, through Saturday and overnight Saturday, an Environment Canada rainfall warning said.

Some areas could see as much as 50 to 80 millimetres of rain, although amounts will be highly variable across the area, the weather agency warned.

Many southwestern Manitoba farms have already been swamped by rain, and as many as 400,000 hectares of farmland could go unseeded because of the wet conditions, according to Keystone Agricultural Producers.

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Doug Chorney, head of Keystone, said last week that producers have been trying to dry their land, but it’s not working.

“For these farmers to get on their fields, it’s been just brutal,” he told The Canadian Press. “Rain’s been coming at them every three days.

“We really worry about how people will manage their way through this.”

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