Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Apple Shortage


March's warm spell combined with recent frost have diminished apple crops.


The price of apples may go up this summer because of a shortage.

The warm spell in March and the frost last week are to blame.

Brian Gilroy -- the Chair of the Ontario Apple Growers -- says the trees came out of dormancy way too early -- and made them vulnerable to frost.

Steve Smith of Smith's Apples and Farm Market near Port Elgin says the frost damage has cost him 200 thousand dollars.

Gilroy says some Ontario growers may only harvest about 30 per cent of the normal apple crop and some growers won't have any apples to sell this year at all.


About two per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded in Saskatchewan.

The province says to date -- about seven per cent of peas, three per cent of lentils and two per cent of spring wheat and durum are in the ground.

Rain has delayed seeding in some areas.

Most winter wheat and fall rye crops are in good condition.


The President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture is praising the Harper government for looking at making it easier for producers to drain their farms.

Ron Bonnett says proposed changes to federal fisheries legislation should simplify the steps farmers have to go through when cleaning out farm drains and managing irrigation canals.

He says in come cases it could take years to get drainage projects approved.

Under the proposed changes -- man-made water control structures should not necessarily be regulated the same way as natural lakes and rivers.


Federal regulators are reiterating that all suspected cases of scrapie must be reported to authorities.

Scrapie is a fatal disease that affects sheep and goats that is similar to mad cow disease.

Last week the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of scrapie in a quarantined sheep flock in Eastern Ontario.

Police are investigating after 31 sheep were removed from the farm in violation of a quarantine order.

While there is no scientific evidence that scrapie can affect humans -- Health Canada recommends that infected animals should not enter the human food supply.


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