Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Battling Worldwide Hunger

By Fadi Didi

The number of people going hungry around the world has been cut in half since the early 90s.

That from the U-N Food and Agricultural Organization.

It says 72 out of 129 countries monitored have now met the U-N's goal to halve undernourishment by 2015.

East Asia and Latin America showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth, investments in agriculture and political stability.


A mini-conference in Guelph this week looked at whether Ontario is in jeopardy of another farm financial crisis.

Provincial senior economist Steven Duff says outstanding farm debt in Ontario is 21 billion as of 2013 -- 72 per cent higher than 10 years prior.

Average net farm income has risen nearly 60 per cent since 2009, and large differences between farm types exist due to varied scale of operations.

However, Duff and his fellow panelists believe that Ontario agriculture is in a stable state and not in immediate danger of a financial crisis.


Winterkill is a significant problem in Ontario winter wheat this spring.

Agricorp is getting damage reports on about 10 per cent of the province's wheat acres.

Spokesperson Jim Zavitz says that's about twice the average.

However, he points out it's only about half the damaged acreage reported last year.

Agricorp is blaming this spring's problems on last fall's weather and the conditions growers had to plant the crop into.


Now is the time to be on the lookout for herbicide resistant weeds.

Angela Brackenreed of the Canola Council of Canada says producers should check target areas in their fields within 7 to 14 days of spraying to see if they're still green.

Brackenreed says that crop variety is the key to controlling herbicide resistant weeds.


Dry conditions and early reports of flea beetles are posing challenges to Prairie canola farmers.

Clint Jurke of the Canola Council of Canada says some growers are still planting canola and there is a chance that they could be putting seed into upper layers that have dried out.

He says most regions were fortunate to have a good snowpack that boosted soil moisture going into the growing season.

But a lack of spring rain has reduced moisture reserves to varying degrees.



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