While he working as an agronomist, Marcel Kringe would help farmers set up their combines at harvest time. "It was after work, I was just out there doing it for the fun of it," he said. As a side project, Kringe teamed up with growers to develop a faster, easier and safer method to determine the amount of crop lost during harvest.
The cold weather and persistent heavy rain have been causing problems for UK growers for months now, most of the vegetable production is under pressure. Many regions are flooded including Newark, Nottingham, where FreshGro is based. “It is very difficult; we are struggling due to the flooding,” explains Alan Hunt from the company.
Michigan’s 2019 harvesting season was one farmers are looking to forget as they move into preparation stages for the new growing year. With record rainfall this past spring, the wet weather conditions hampered planting production – resulting in 17.3% of Michigan farmland not being farmed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A wet and delayed feed crop harvest season in the US is being punctuated with reports of fires in grain dryers; however, there are ways to help prevent incidents and reduce the cost of drying, says industry expert. Following a slow harvest with delays related to wet weather, feed grain producers face the challenge of drying grain for storage, said Scott Sanford, an agricultural engineer with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Little drying is expected in the field at this point.
It is mainly the weather that is to blame - sometimes too hot, sometimes too wet. But the demand leaves something to be desired as well. ABC Fresh is specialized -among other things- in grapes and was wiling to comment. "It's not going as well as expected. The demand is not particularly intoxicating. That applies not only to grapes but generally one does not have yet the impression that next week is already Christmas. Some days it is all right, on others it is a real "coma".
The deadline for Manitoba farmers to submit crop insurance Harvest Production Reports to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) is Dec. 2, whether the farmer completed harvest or not. Both the paper and online report forms should be easier for farmers to fill out because less information is now required, David Van Deynze, MASC’s vice-president of innovation and product support, said in an interview.
Weather during harvest season in the U.S. Red River Valley, a fertile sugar beet region in Minnesota and North Dakota, has to farmers felt like a series of plagues. Rain and snow pelted crops in September and October. That was followed by a blizzard, and then warm temperatures that left fields a boggy mess.
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.
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.
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