Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Hoping For Rain


Dry start to the summer making impact on produce


Farmers across Midwestern Ontario are hoping for more rain.

Dry conditions earlier this summer have had an impact on many producers.

Paul Nairn of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture tells us the hay crop is not what it normally is -- but there's still hope.

And Nairn believes livestock producers will have enough feed to get their herds through the winter.

But he notes the rainfall has varied.

One farmer may have received enough rain -- but just a few kilometres away, another farmer may by praying for more wet weather.


Three U-N food agencies are urging governments to take quick action to curb rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans.

The agencies say a sharp rise in food prices due to the drought in the U-S threatens to make life difficult for tens of millions of people -- particularly in poor countries.

Officials are urging countries to avoid panic buying and to adjust biofuel production requirements.


Canola growers across much of western Canada are reporting generally disappointing yields.

Neil Townsend from the Canadian Wheat Board says the crops may have looked good in the field -- but yields are lower.

He suspects disease is to blame.

The board has lowered its canola production estimate to 14.7 million tonnes.


Scientists at Stanford University in the U-S say there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier.

Researchers say eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides.

But they say the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits.


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