The stress of spring has been brutal in many parts of the west. It does bring to my the saying, “if farming was easy everyone would do it!” The weather is definitely testing the nerves of everyone that is involved in this chaos. With some farmers not having turned a wheel yet in 2010, the stress load is immense and the frustration is off the charts. It is easy to say, take a deep breath” but the reality is people are on edge and rightly so.
The weather is not only causing stress but also huge swings in acres. At one time canola was forecast to be at 18 million acres and now some are saying acres could be as low as 13 million acres. Whether you seeded early, late or haven’t started you have a challenge to battle. There are some good crops out there but farmers with decent stands are keeping their luck to themselves.
I talked to Lyndsey Smith the Editor of Grainews about this challenging spring and what some of the current challenges will mean for the rest of the growing season. Lyndsey is based out of Lumsden, SK.
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