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Agriculture Report

Cash Advances for Wheat Farmers


Ontario farmers can access money as of July 1st


Good news for Ontario wheat farmers.

If you're planning to store your 2012 harvest -- you can access cash advances.

Previously, farmers had to wait until October but now that money is available as of July 1st.

A-C-C Farmers' Financial spokesperson Jaye Atkins says the change will help farmers' cash flow and allow for better opportunities to market their grain.

The maximum cash advance available to each producer is 400 thousand dollars.

The first 100 thousand dollars is interest free -- and the next 300 thousand dollars are available at the prime lending rate.


Hot weather is boosting crops in Saskatchewan.

Wind, rain, hail and bugs caused some crop damage this past week.

But provincial crop analyst Grant McLean says recent heat has sped up crop growth and most fields are now at the normal stage of development.


Corn may be hitting dinner tables earlier in Alberta this year.

David Jensen with Jensen Farms says crops are in excellent shape and they're expecting corn to be out in stands sooner than the past two years.

He says if all goes well, corn should be harvested and sold starting the first week of August.

Last year and the year before -- corn wasn't being harvested until the third week of August or later due to cool and wet weather.


The Keystone Agricultural Producers wants the Manitoba government to better manage flooding on the Assiniboine River.

Flooding has halted farming in the area for three years.

Keystone also wants to see fair crop insurance for affected farmers.


And a honey farmer from northwestern Alberta is warning other producers to be on the lookout for a bee-napper.

Bill Termeer says he's out 60-thousand dollars after someone stole some of his equipment and insects.

He says his hives are missing queens, worker bees, eggs and larvae -- and some of his honeycombs have been switched out.

The RCMP are investigating.



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