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Agriculture Report

Soil and Crop Tour Today


Farmers can tour the heart of Georgian Bay Apple Country.


There is a soil and crop tour in the heart of Georgian Bay Apple Country today.

The tour will consist of stops at a new modern style apple orchard, the Bay Growers Co-operative, a Landscape and Farm Supply business as well as an apple, pear and grape operation.

The tour starts at 3 o'clock and ends with a barbeque around 6 tonight.

You will be able to see the latest technology in apple production and witness successful operations locally.

There are approximately 160 different commercial apple growing operations in the Georgian Bay area.

These orchards produce about 25 per cent of Ontario's apple crop annually.


More reaction to the federal government's 75 million dollar package for hog farmers.

The Canadian Pork Council says Ottawa's bailout will do little in the face of bankruptcies and foreclosures.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture it's a good start -- but it won't end the crisis.


Deere and Company reports its fiscal third quarter profit dropped 27 per cent as the economic slowdown depressed sales.

Still -- the world's largest maker of farm equipment had a profit of 420 million dollars for the quarter.


There's some financial help for farmers who take part in the verified beef production program.

The voluntary program is offered by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and is designed to enhance consumer confidence in the quality and safety of beef.

Equipment that would be eligible for a reimbursement includes livestock weigh scales, headgates or squeeze chutes as well as record keeping software.


And potato growers in Manitoba are being warned that late blight has been spotted in the province's south.

Conditions for the fungus are quite favourable, and Manitoba Agriculture recommends potato farmers put their crops on a 5 to 7 day spray schedule.


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