Heavy and persistent snow during 2019’s harvest season has left several million acres of canola, renowned as Canada’s most profitable crop, buried until the spring of 2020, reports reuters.com.
This year will be remembered as the “harvest from hell,” said farmer John Guelly, chairman of the Alberta Canola industry group.
As of November 05, some 17% of Alberta’s canola remained unharvested along with 12% of Saskatchewan’s and 9% of Manitoba’s. All that unharvested canola represents approximately 2.7 million acres, or 13% of national plantings, according to government estimates.
It may be possible to salvage some of the crops in the spring, though at a big discount — and the extra work will also likely delay next year’s crop planting efforts, exacerbating the issue further.
“There is palpable frustration,” bemoaned Curtis Rempel, vice president of crop production at the Canola Council of Canada. “The fall was so tough for so many growers, and right now people are still thinking: ‘what does my spring look like in terms of harvesting?’”
“It’s really hitting guys in the pocketbook,” added Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.
It’s time to move south, and grow your own.
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[Feature Image: Cremona, Alberta on Wed, Nov 6, 2019 –THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh]