Potato surplus and halted processing impacts new Alberta crops

In a province that boasts one of the largest potato production regions in Canada, the surplus of potatoes waiting in storage due to COVID-19 is a major issue. Officials say that surplus is now impacting future crops. READ MORE: Canada’s…

Alberta pork industry sees market price drop amid COVID-19

No matter the industry, COVID-19 is having an impact, but when it comes to not only your livelihood but animal welfare, the urgency is even greater. Hog producers are desperate for help dealing with a volatile market and uncertain times.…

Central Alberta farmers face delayed spring season amid COVID-19 challenges

If the devastating economic impacts COVID-19 weren’t already enough, at least one crucial Alberta industry is being dealt another blow. READ MORE: Coronavirus: 71% of Alberta’s total cases are in Calgary zone; another death brings fatalities to 51 The pandemic…

$2M grain dryer program launched to help farmers affected by terrible harvest

From drought one year to not enough sun and too much rain the next — not to mention early snowfalls before fields are harvested — many Alberta farmers have a rough go of it in recent years. Now, a new…

90% of crops across Alberta harvested in ‘complicated’ and ‘halted’ season

As of Dec. 3, 2019, 89.7 per cent of all crops had been harvested across the province, which is down from both 2018 and 2017. The final report of the 2018 season (published Oct. 31, 2018) found nearly 95 per cent of…

‘Harvest from hell’: Alberta farmers demanding action from government

Alberta farmers are asking for aggressive action from the government on serious economic hardships following this year’s “harvest from hell.” Poor harvest conditions, trade disputes and a looming federal carbon tax are all weighing on the agriculture industry. Farmer David…

Farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan struggling to harvest snow-covered crops, while Manitoba saw ‘miracle’ snow melt

Winter’s icy fingers have touched most of the Prairies since late September, causing havoc and frustration for many farmers trying to get crops off their fields. Dave Reid, who farms near Cremona, northwest of Calgary, estimates 20 to 25 per…

Southern Alberta sugar beet farmers unable to harvest nearly half of 2019 crop

Canadian sugar company Rogers has announced that it has been forced to terminate the 2019 sugar beet harvest in southern Alberta due to the impact of severe fall weather in the area. In a statement Thursday, Rogers said: “This decision…