Some farmers on the Prairies are feeling slightly nervous about their soil moisture so far this year as precipitation in some regions remains below normal. Areas still considered abnormally dry include south of Calgary, stretching east into southern Saskatchewan and west of Winnipeg into the Brandon area, according to Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Drought Monitor.
Capital Regional District directors will consider a bylaw amendment to end the decades-old practice of compensating farmers for livestock lost to marauding dogs. It’s a move that’s wrong-headed, says sheep farmer John Buchanan of Parry Bay Sheep Farm in Metchosin, who noted that while losses to dogs have become infrequent in recent years, they still happen and can be costly to farmers, while a rather insignificant cost to the CRD.
Grain farmers in the province of Ontario are finding themselves in a pinch, since there are, apparently, no insurance programs that can cover for a costly mould infestation-driven shortfall. According to the group Grain Farmers of Ontario, farmers could be looking at a $200-million shortfall due to the vomitoxin infestation of corn.
Farmers across Canada left thousands of acres of potato crops unharvested after a slew of bad weather created challenging conditions, setting the stage for a possible shortage of the starchy dinner table staple. “It’s unprecedented. Never, never before have I seen this in my time,” said Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers […]
Manitoba’s beef producers say it’s time insurance options for feed and pasture get with the times. The Manitoba Beef Producers is chewing through a wish list of insurance changes after its fall district meetings. Farmers in several districts are now looking for more support on alternative grazing strategies, something MBP general manager Brian Lemon says are encouraged by the province, but insufficiently integrated into insurance.
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