Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

More Crops and More Bees

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Seeding intentions released as fewer bees die in winter.


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Ontario farmers expect to seed more dry beans, corn for grain, and oats but wheat is expected to fall for the second year in a row.

Stats Canada has released the 2010 seeding intentions for principal field crops after surveying about 21 hundred Ontario farmers last month.

Producers intend to seed 120 thousand acres of dry beans this year compared to 95 thousad in 2009.

The area for corn to be used as grain is expected to increase five per cent from 1.8 million acres in 2009 to 1.9 million acres this year.

rea seeded to soybeans is expected to increase slightly to 2.45 million acres.

But the winter wheat area to be harvested is expected to drop again this year, by 15.1 per cent from 930 thousand to 790 thousand acres.

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Healthier honey bee colonies in Grey Bruce and the rest of Ontario this spring than the last three springs.

Tim Greer is President of the Ontario Beekeepers Association -- he says the losses this past winter were less than before but are still higher than the historical average.

Greer says research out of the University of Guelph has pinpointed the cause for the die off.

The health of the honey bee colonies is vital to the agricultural sector in Ontario as one third of everything we eat is pollinated by a honey bee.

Greer says 10 per cent winter die off is about the average for the honey bee colonies in Ontario and this year that rate was in the 15 to 20 per cent range.

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More than 90 dairy cattle and 25 calves have died in a barn fire southeast of Listowel.

Fire crews arrived on-scene early Sunday to find the structure almost fully involved in flames.

Perth OPP say there were no injuries in the blaze on a Line 81 property.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says he would put more Canadian food on Canadian tables if he became prime minister.

The Opposition leader says he'd introduce a national food policy that would improve food safety, help struggling farmers and promote healthy eating.

The plan includes 50 million dollars to improve food inspections.

The Liberals would also create a 80 million dollar fund to promote farmers' markets and local food


 


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