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Agriculture Report

Corn About to Reach Crisis Point

By Fadi Didi

The current lack of rain in parts of Ontario is becoming a serious situation for some farmers.

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The current lack of rain in parts of Ontario is becoming a serious situation for some farmers.

That's according to agronomist Peter Johnson who conducted a crop tour at the Beaver Valley farm of Don Ready.

Johnson says corn is nearing a crisis point if there's no significant rain and cooler temperatures within a week or so.

He says the soy bean crop is not critical yet but the dry weather in having a terrible impact on hay.


Heavy rain this week in Saskatchewan has left a lot of crops sitting in water.

For farmers a key concern is the pea and lentil acres, as those crops don't tolerate the moisture as well as cereals.

Shawn Jaques of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation says that the impact on crops will vary by area.

He urges producers to contact their local crop insurance office that find out about the options available to them.


State authorities have charged the owner of a dairy farm in central New York where a 14-year-old was killed last year, crushed under a hydraulic lift.

The attorney general's office says Luke Park is accused of falsifying business records and violating child labour laws at the Park Family Farm in Homer.

Authorities say Alex Smith was killed while operating a Skidloader with a hydraulic lift and fork attachment, preparing bales of hay for cow feed, though by law he was too young to operate the heavy equipment.

The complaint alleges Park employed other minors for about 60 hours a week, more than the 48-hour limit for 16- and 17-year-olds. 


More acres of corn and soybeans were planted than initially estimated this year, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to boost the fall harvest expectations for both major crops.

The agency said in its monthly update that farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, which would break 2014's record of 14.2 billion bushels.

Farmers planted 94.1 million acres of corn, about a half-million acres more than first projected.

The soybean harvest is estimated at 3.88 billion bushels on a record 83.7 million acres planted, 1.5 million more acres than projected.


Equity in Canada's farm sector was up almost six per cent at the end of last year from the year before.

However, Statistics Canada points out that's the smallest percentage increase since 2009.

Statscan says the value of livestock and poultry inventories was down over seven per cent while crop inventory values were down just over two per cent per cent.

The value of total farm liabilities at the end of 2015 was almost 87 billion dollars, up just under nine per cent from 2014.





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