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Hay Disaster Benefit to pay out $5 million to Manitoba claimants

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Compensation for poor Manitoba forage crops in 2019 will soon be coming to insured producers as Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) has activated the Hay Disaster Benefit (HDB). The estimated payout for 2019 is in excess of $5 million on approximately 1,500 claims, announced Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and […] Read more

Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in.
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Late harvest caused higher mycotoxin threat in feeds

Mycotoxin levels were low in early samples of feed harvested in Western Canada. Then things changed. Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in. He advised producers to test […] Read more

Overall, 2019 data for yield and quality losses won’t be calculated until all the claims are made on crop still left out in the field. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s chief executive officer, Shawn Jaques, said about 1.3 million insured acres are still unharvested.
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Unharvested crop remains an issue for Sask. crop insurance

Partial payments will be made if part of the crop was harvested and production falls below yield guarantees next spring

This past year would have been a good one to have forage rainfall insurance in Saskatchewan. The dry spring resulted in payments to those who participated in Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s forage program, said chief executive officer Shawn Jaques. However, only 2.2 million acres were covered. That was up from 1.5 million acres the previous […] Read more


Declaring an agricultural disaster allows the county to access additional funds from the Alberta government. Earlier this year, Lac Ste. Anne County also declared an agricultural disaster. | File photo

County of Grande Prairie declares agricultural disaster

This is the second Alberta municipality to declare a disaster this year, given weather conditions have hampered harvest progress

Councillors with the County of Grande Prairie have declared an agricultural disaster in the region, marking what is considered to be a fourth straight year of difficult conditions. Several factors, including wet conditions that delayed seeding last spring, excessive rainfall, and cool weather have slowed production and have led to poor crop quality, the county […] Read more

Sugar beets can withstand adverse weather but the freeze and thaw cycle seen in late September and again shortly into October was too much for the plants to take. Even if weather did allow digging at this point, the beets are no longer suitable for storage or processing.
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Almost half of Alberta’s sugar beet crop is lost

About 45 percent of Alberta’s 2019 sugar beet crop will not be harvested. It means about 12,600 of the 28,000 contracted acres are lost to producers and lost to Lantic Sugar, the processor that operates the sugar factory in Taber, Alta. “It’s hard to take,” said Alberta Sugar Beet Growers President Arnie Bergen-Henengouwen. “It’s been […] Read more


Farmers in Manitoba and North Dakota are struggling to get onto their fields to harvest soybeans, or any crop right now, thanks to record rain in September and a massive snowstorm before Thanksgiving. | Twitter/@kmsatrom photo

Manitoba, N.D. farmers still combining soybeans

After weeks of minimal progress, farmers in Manitoba and North Dakota are getting soybeans in the bin. In the first week of November, 75-80 percent of the soybeans were harvested in Manitoba. That’s behind the three-year average of 94 percent, but much better than the third week of October, when only 25 percent of soybeans […] Read more


From one side of the Prairies to the other, good harvest weather has been in short supply this year.
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‘A struggle right from the start’

Western farmers have dealt with some difficult harvest conditions over the past few years, but the harvest of 2019 might go down as the worst yet in recent memory. “This has got to be one for the books,” said Justin Schwab, who farms with his uncle Murray Farness near Camrose, Alta. “The last few years […] Read more


Farmers near Beauvallon, Alta., try to complete their harvest last week between the rain showers and snow. It’s been a similar situation across the Prairies.  |  Candace Phillips photo

Prairie farmers facing huge, costly task

Provincial crop reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba paint a bleak picture of harvest progress across the Prairies. As of late October, more than eight million acres of unharvested crops were still in the field, according to the provincial reports. That included roughly 1.25 million acres in Manitoba, 3.5 million acres in Saskatchewan and 3.4 […] Read more

Declaring an agricultural disaster allows the county to access additional funds from the Alberta government. Earlier this year, Lac Ste. Anne County also declared an agricultural disaster. | File photo

County of Grande Prairie declares agricultural disaster

Councillors with the County of Grande Prairie have declared and agricultural disaster in the region, marking what is considered to be a fourth straight year of difficult conditions. Several factors, including wet conditions that delayed seeding last spring, excessive rainfall, and cool weather have slowed production and have led to poor crop quality, the county […] Read more