By Fadi Didi
Hail damage claims remain well above the five-year average in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The Canadian Crop Hail Association says in its latest report that hail damage claims remain well above the five-year average in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The association says hail activity across Saskatchewan was steady for the first three weeks of July and then slowed for a week until another significant storm hit on July 31st.
It also says some areas of Manitoba reported hail lasting for as along as 45 minutes in one of two storms that hit on July 20th but it says hail activity has slowed dramatically since then.
In southern Alberta, the association says crops are suffering from a lack of rain but it says hail activity continued across many areas of the province on an almost daily basis since its last report and claim numbers are very high.
The amount of quinoa grown in Ontario is on the rise.
For years, most of Canada's quinoa came from South America but with inconsistencies in the crop, the demand for home-grown quinoa has greatly increased.
The amount harvested in Ontario in 2016 is projected to be about five times more than it was just two years ago.
Jamie Draves of Katan Kitchens says the number of acres grown could triple again next year.
Frequent rains over the growing season have brought some challenges to haying operations in Manitoba.
John McGregor of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association says the precipitation slowed first and second cuts of hay in some cases, as the fields were too wet for a while.
McGregor says the rain has also affected the quality of hay for beef cattle.
When it comes to alfalfa hay for dairy, McGregor says the first cut will have been fairly mature, so cows won't milk on very well on it.
The Federal Reserve says farmers in the U.S. are borrowing more to cover their operating expenses because farm income continued to decline in during the second quarter in Midwestern and Western states.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri, says 75 per cent of the bankers surveyed reported shrinking farm income.
Roughly half of the bankers said loan repayment rates were lower in the second quarter. And the number of loans with severe repayment problems grew to seven per cent. That's up from roughly three per cent in 2011 to 2013.
The value of irrigated farmland in the region fell five per cent while non-irrigated land and pastures both declined three per cent.