Canadian farmers face extreme weather events
Cattle producers in Saskatchewan are struggling to find affordable feed due to the ongoing drought.
The years of dry conditions have dried up pastures and pushed feed prices sky high. One farmer says round bales of hay are selling for as much as $275 each, which is nearly triple what he paid two years ago. He says even at that price, he cannot find any for sale.
Feedlots are facing the same shortages with barley being $10 a bushel which is double from two years ago. One trader says he has never seen prices like this before.
Farmers in Manitoba are dealing with the exact opposite problem with too much rain. Many parts of the prairie are waterlogged and causing producers to make the decision to switch from corn and soybean acres to wheat and canola. Manitoba’s Ag Ministry says many farmers are worried about planting delays which is what prompted the crop shift.
Virtually nothing has been planted in the province and more rain is in the forecast for the eastern prairies this week.
A 4th generation egg farmer shared this video on Twitter showing her appreciation to their egg truck driver for making sure their eggs are going out to Manitobans even during the flood.