The final crop report for 2019 was released by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Across the province, producers worked through a challenging and difficult harvest, getting 93 percent of the crop combined. While operations are still underway when weather and field conditions allow, there are indications some of the crops will likely be left out until the spring.
Poor harvest conditions in Alberta have caused an unthinkable about of economic loss let alone stress for the farmer this year. Mix in the uncertainty of trade, ongoing disputes across the global political stage, and business risk management (BRM) programs not being equipped to handle the issues is a recipe for disaster, according to Team Alberta.
Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020. Canola is renowned as Canada’s most profitable crop, exported to China, Japan, and Mexico to make vegetable oil and animal feed.
Winter’s icy fingers have touched most of the Prairies since late September, causing havoc and frustration for many farmers trying to get crops off their fields. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 percent of his canola is still in the ground under layers of snow.
Winter's icy fingers have touched most of the Prairies since late September, causing havoc and frustration for many farmers trying to get crops off their fields. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 percent of his canola is still in the ground under layers of snow. And it may have to stay there.
One local farmer says he’s never seen conditions as bad as they were this year. Following a growing season of wet, cold weather the County of Grande Prairie declared an agricultural disaster. Broken Tine Orchard and Alde Farms President Kreg Alde says this year’s crop of berries, canola and peas were late or drowned out altogether due to too much water.
Harvest wasn’t done in Saskatchewan when snow fell on the weekend, but Todd Lewis says farmers won’t stop because of the white stuff. Lewis, the president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said Monday he expects farmers to keep working to get all of their crops into the bin.
It has been at least 40 years since the harvest in Saskatchewan has been as far behind in mid-October as it is right now, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture records. Its latest crop report said 69 per cent of the crop had been harvested as of Oct. 14 — well behind the five-year average of 88 per cent for this time of year.
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