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Canada wettest since 1970s - Crop planting delayed

Soils saturated

 

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6  Apr 11 - "Snow is still piled deep on Humphrey Banack's Camrose, Alberta grain farm at a time when he's usually tuning up his tractor for planting," says this article by Rod Nickel.

Canada is normally the top exporter of wheat, canola and oats. But with wheat and canola prices close to multi-year highs, frustrated Canadian farmers are seeing the wettest conditions since the 1970s.

"Soils in Canada's western crop belt are saturated from record rains last year, and heavy snowfall only added to the spring flooding risk," says Nickel

North Dakota and Minnesota farmers are seeing similar conditions.

The good news is that many farmers are better prepared this year.

"That preparation includes buying bigger or dual tires, or even tracks, to equip tractors to navigate swampy fields and plant crops," said Kevin Hursh, a farmer and agricultural writer in Saskatchewan. "Seeding by airplane remains a costly last resort."

See entire article:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/06/crops-canada-flooding-idUSN0510327320110406

 

 
 
 



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