Farmers in western Manitoba say the first corn harvest is well underway, with maize yields on average doubling since the last crop.
The yield figures are a big boost for farmers who say it’s been too long since they harvested maize for their fields.
The maize harvest is expected to be completed in early July.
But there are still a lot of questions about how much of that harvest will come out to corn, the grain that is most widely grown in the United States and Canada.
“There’s a lot that we still don’t know,” said Mike Stolpe, president of the Manitoba Grain Growers Association.
“The yield will depend on the weather and how the corn is grown.”
There are also questions about whether the corn seeds will be as big as expected.
Some Manitoba farmers are expecting the average yield of corn to be about one-third of what it was in the spring.
The Manitoba Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has said it expects the yield to be more like half of what was in spring, but that is likely a guess.
“I’m going to be disappointed,” said Stolpple.
“But I’m happy with what we’ve got.”
But some Manitoba farmers aren’t so sure.
“We’ve got a lot to prove,” said Pauline Gagnon, executive director of the B.C. Association of Manitoba Grain Producers.
“So far we’ve just had a good harvest.”
“This is a really big year for us,” said Gagnont, adding that the maize harvest will be the first harvest since the province decided to start the new season early in the year.
“And the corn crop is going to go up a lot.”
With files from the Canadian Press