Jason Wright struggles with his emotions in front of his son. The farmer is among many Australian producers facing devastation as a year-long drought continues.  |  Amber Wright photo

Deadly drought hammers farmers in Australia

An old proverb says a picture is worth a thousand words. That apparently holds true for an image of Australian cattle farmer Jason Wright as he battles a headful of emotions in front of his young son while feeding their 1,000 strong beef herd in the midst of a years-long drought. He is suffering from […] Read more

Clayton Harder estimated that 15 millimetres of rain have fallen on his farm since seeding. That's basically nothing for the region around Winnipeg, which normally receives 150 mm of rain in May and June. | File photo

Continued dryness threatens Manitoba crops

Clayton Harder has plenty of experience with fungicides. That’s because he farms near Winnipeg, one of the wettest regions in Western Canada. But this year he isn’t spraying fungicides on his canola, soybeans, wheat and other crops because conditions are severely dry on his farm north of Winnipeg. “I spoke to a couple of other […] Read more

Lack of rainfall this spring has parched the pastures and hay crops that cattle producers rely upon.  | File photo

Drought forces producers to sell cattle

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan asks government for a drought-related AgriRecovery assessment

Puddles. The sight of them in fields near Camrose, Alta., pleased Alberta rancher Brad Osadczuk as he drove home from last week’s Alberta Beef Producers meeting in Edmonton. He hasn’t seen a puddle since last year on his ranch near Jenner, Alta., the western side of a widespread drought affecting southeastern Alberta, most of Saskatchewan […] Read more

APAS is asking the federal and provincial governments to initiate a drought-related Agri-Recovery assessment. | Map via agr.gc.ca

APAS proposes drought relief measures

Farm group wants action on Agri-Recovery and help with water supplies

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization is calling for immediate government action to help the province’s farmers and ranchers cope with drought. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has proposed several steps to help the province’s crop and livestock cope with current drought conditions that are affecting much of the province. According to a June 12 news […] Read more

Growing season precipitation, defined as precipitation since April 1, is below normal in almost all of Western Canada. For a big chunk of central Saskatchewan, precipitation has been less than 40 percent of normal. This is surrounded by an even bigger area that’s between 40 and 60 percent.
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Drought becomes top-of-mind issue for farmers

It’s an awful start to the growing season. Western Canada is on the brink of a major crop failure and a severe feed shortage. Miraculous turnarounds have occurred in past years and it’s amazing how much can sometimes be produced with very little rain, but the situation is quickly becoming serious. It’s not rare to […] Read more

Australia's biggest listed bulk grain handler, GrainCorp Ltd., has reported a larger-than-expected half-yearly loss as severe drought withers crops in one of the world's top exporters of commodities such as wheat. | GrainCorp Ltd. photo

Profit runs dry at Australia’s GrainCorp as drought withers crops

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — Australia’s biggest listed bulk grain handler, GrainCorp Ltd., has reported a larger-than-expected half-yearly loss as severe drought withers crops in one of the world’s top exporters of commodities such as wheat. The firm also cut its dividend as it grapples with the fallout from the driest conditions in a century with […] Read more

Farmer Ash Whitney stands on the back of his truck as he throws out hay to his cattle in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in northwestern New South Wales.  |  REUTERS/David Gray photo

Australian farmers running out of time

Drought-hit producers slaughtered 659,000 head of cattle in June, the highest monthly figure in three years

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — Danny Stork, a livestock farmer in Glen Oak, 180 kilometres north of Sydney, has 20 bales of hay left for his 100 head of cattle. He is now feeding them light rations in the hope the winter drought breaks. If it doesn’t, and weather forecasts suggest it won’t, he will run […] Read more

Every day without rain brings more worry to Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers. 
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Feed and water shortage hammers ranchers

Every day without rain brings more worry to Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers. Pastures across wide areas in both provinces are parched, hay yields are generally below average and, in some places, livestock water sources have dried up. Potential feed shortages this winter are on many producers’ minds, which might result in sale of breeding […] Read more