What looked like bumper yields in spring have now turned into an insulating layer that prevents sunshine from drying out the ground so farm equipment can do its job.
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Two Alta. counties declare ag disasters

Farmers in Brazeau and Lac Ste. Anne counties in central Alberta have ridden the weather rollercoaster this year, but the most recent plunge prompted municipal officials to declare states of agricultural disaster. About 30 percent of crops in the two counties have been harvested and hope is fading that they will come off the fields […] Read more

Desperate prairie farmers continued to chip away at unharvested acres this week, but lodged crops, damp grain and muddy field conditions added further delays to what has already become one of the latest and most difficult harvest seasons in recent memory.
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Harvest completion ‘will take a miracle’

Desperate prairie farmers continued to chip away at unharvested acres this week, but lodged crops, damp grain and muddy field conditions added further delays to what has already become one of the latest and most difficult harvest seasons in recent memory. “It will take a miracle to get this crop off,” said Alberta grower Geoff […] Read more

Brazeau County in Alberta's Drayton Valley region southwest of Edmonton has declared an agriculture state of disaster because of weather that has hindered harvest. Other producers may find themselves in the same boat. This farmer was trying to harvest flax near Dauphin, Man., yesterday. | Edwin Crook photo

Alta. county declares ag state of disaster over harvest woes

Brazeau County in Alberta’s Drayton Valley region southwest of Edmonton has declared an agriculture state of disaster because of weather that has hindered harvest. The county said today that council voted unanimously yesterday to make the declaration, noting excessive rain has essentially halted harvest in the region. “These extremely wet conditions over the past few […] Read more


Alberta farmers who cannot harvest a crop have until Nov.15 to submit production reports to Agriculture Financial Services Corp. | Barb Glen photo

Unharvested acres must be reported by Nov. 15 in Alta.

Alberta farmers who cannot harvest a crop have until Nov.15 to submit production reports to Agriculture Financial Services Corp. The report must show confirmation that a minimum of 20 percent of insured crop acres were left unharvested. Depending on eligibility, producers may receive an unharvested acreage benefit that provides a payment of 25 percent of […] Read more

In an Oct. 31 new release, FCC said it work with farm customers to find solutions to financial issues. | File photo

FCC offers flexible terms due to harvest

Farm Credit Canada says it will offer flexible financing to some prairie farmers who are facing cash flow issues as a result of this year’s weather-delayed harvest. In an Oct. 31 new release, FCC said it work with farm customers to find solutions to financial issues. Those solutions could include deferred principal payments and amendments […] Read more


Bill Chemerinski brought a load of peas mixed with barley to the seed cleaning co-op in High Prairie, Alta., Oct. 18, the result of an employee’s misadventure in mixing. He said a lot of crop remains in fields and wonders if remaining fall weather will allow it to be harvested.  |  Barb Glen photo

Peace region’s ‘harvest from hell’

HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. — Fields are far from bare in Alberta’s Peace River region, and hopes are low that crops that remain in the fields, both in swath and standing, will be harvested this year. Rainfall amounts vary, but much of the region saw up to and even exceeded 70 millimetres of rain in September […] Read more

APAS wants the federal government to change the rules of the cash advance program to allow farmers to receive advances on the crop that remains in the field.
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Unharvested grain throws wrench in cash-advance plan

Jeremy Welter usually relies on fall cash advances to pay his bills and provide him with the flexibility to market his crops when he wants. That won’t happen this fall because the cash-advance program requires his grain to be in the bin for collateral. Unfortunately, two-thirds of his crop was still in the field as […] Read more

Farmers are doing what they can to salvage this year’s harvest. Nick Scharf of Perdue, Sask., throws his shovel after pulling back freshly dried canola from the edge of the grain cart, which was then loaded in grain bags Oct. 12.  |  William DeKay photo

Prairie farmers assessing their losses

Saskatchewan grain producer Jeff Simpson has one word to describe the 2016 growing season and the harvest situation that many of the province’s farmers are now facing. “It’s devastating,” said Simpson, a board member with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. “There are individual farmers out there with thousands of acres still out, I mean, […] Read more


Farmers are battling winter conditions to bring in billions of dollars worth of crop still lying in prairie fields, but it isn’t the first time. 
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Snow doesn’t spell doom for crops remaining in field

Farmers are battling winter conditions to bring in billions of dollars worth of crop still lying in prairie fields, but it isn’t the first time. “We’ve done our fair share of winter combining over the years,” said Neil Jakubowski, who farms near Neepawa, Man. “Anybody that grows any amount of corn has at one point […] Read more

Saskatchewan's agriculture minister Lyle Stewart said the province recognizes that many farmers are facing a tough and stressful situation. | William DeKay photo

No ad hoc programs, says Sask. ag minister

Saskatchewan will not be offering emergency financial assistance to farmers who are facing potentially crippling harvest losses caused by bad weather. Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister, Lyle Stewart, said the province recognizes that many farmers are facing a tough and stressful situation. However, the province has no intention of providing ad hoc support. Existing safety net programs […] Read more