Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Threat to Corn Crops

By Fadi Didi

Bacterial leaf streak has been confirmed in Illinois.

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A threat to corn crops is making its way northeast through the U-S.
Bacterial leaf streak has been confirmed in Illinois.

The University of Illinois says the bacteria was first found in the south and midwest and has now been found in nine states.
Suzanne Bissonnette is the Plant Clinic Director at U-of-I -- and she says leaf streak is a bacterial disease, which means fungicides aren't able to suppress or control it.
She says not much is known about the disease and that more research is needed.


And the arrival of harvest also comes with a renewed message about grain bin safety.
Glen Blahey of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association says a large-capacity auger can move hundreds of bushels of grain in a minute, while the average adult male only occupies two-and-a-half to three bushels of space.
He says it's critical to make sure that prior to that grain being put into motion, no one is on the surface.
And Blahey is also stressing the importance of understanding the hazards of grain and creating a plan for dealing with them.


Restaurateurs are crying foul over a second industrial milk price increase this year set to take effect today.
They say it will likely lead to higher food prices.
In July, the Canadian Dairy Commission decided to raise the price of industrial milk -- which is processed into yogurt, ice cream, cheese and butter -- by 2.76 per cent.

That's on top of a 2.2 per cent hike that occurred in February.
It's the first time the C-D-C has increased prices twice in one year since 2008. 


Farm Credit Canada is giving one million dollars through its F-C-C AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects.
Chief operating officer Sophie Perreault says the agency is passionate about giving back to the communities where its customers and employees live and work.
The fund awards between five thousand and $25,000 for community improvement projects such as hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, recreation centres, and community gardens.
Across Canada, more than 1,000 applications were received.



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