Country 105

 

     
Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farm Care in the Heat

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The heat wave is having an impact around the world.


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One veterinarian says cattlemen should take some extra precautions for their livestock during heat waves.

Chris Clark at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine says producers must ensure their cattle have access to good quality drinking water.

Clark also says there must be shade provided for the animals to get out of the hot sun.

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The combination of high temperatures and high water levels in Manitoba is causing concern for potato growers.

Officials say farmers are trying to get their irrigation systems up and running.

But anyone irrigating along the Assiniboine River is having trouble due to high water levels.

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There is a Crop Walk in West Grey tomorrow.

The Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association is sponsoring the event at the Jacobs Farm on concession 8 near Ayton.

The guest speaker is Peter Johnson -- a Cereals Crop Specialist from OMAFRA.

He will talk about weed control, nitrogen trail and tillage.

The Crop Walk takes place from 10 AM till 2 PM tomorrow.

For more information -- call 986-3756.

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The Saskatchewan government says more than 13 thousand crop insurance claims have been filed for unseeded acres this year.

That's nearly one thousand more than last year.

Only 51 hundred of those claims have been paid out so far -- worth about 155 million dollars.

Claim processing was delayed earlier this summer due to a labour dispute.

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A lawyer for a potato farmer who has been held for months in a jail in Lebanon says the federal government should help his client see a doctor.

James Mockler travelled to Beirut last week to visit Henk Tepper in jail.

The 44 year old farmer from New Brunswick has been detained since March 23rd over allegations that some potatoes he exported to Algeria were rotten.

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In a year when millions of acres of Manitoba farmland were too wet to plant -- some grain growers are now praying for rain.

That's because with the soil so saturated this spring -- plant roots are shallow and fields need rain to tide crops over while those roots burrow deeper for moisture.

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And the United Nations says Somalia is facing its worst famine in the last 20 years.

Exhausted, thin women are stumbling into refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia with dead babies and bleeding feet -- having left weaker family members behind along the way.

Oxfam says one billion dollars is needed for famine relief.


 


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