This spring has been an especially tough one for farmers in Manitoba. Wet conditions and the flooding brought on by excessive moisture have added stress upon stress to farmers looking at back to back seasons where water was a major issue. Unprecedented flood waters have spilled over the banks of the Assiniboine River onto thousands of hectares of once productive farmland. Deliberate dike breaches like the one at the Hoop and Holler bend have also flooded farmland. The Souris River reached flood level and the Portage Diversion saw more water than it was ever meant to, causing evacuations along some areas where breaches were a concern, and flooding along the Lake Manitoba shore.
Recently, the Manitoba government announced $175 million dollars for compensation and future flood protection, but for farmers dealing with other issues brought on by the abundance of moisture, that money doesn’t help. I recently talked to farmers in the Souris, Portage La Prairie and Rossburn areas in Manitoba, and while some are dealing with floodwaters, others are just trying to get a crop in and dealing with the effects of a cool, late, very wet spring.
We talked to four farmers from Manitoba about how they are dealing with the wet conditions, what are the seeding intentions and the possible amount of acres they may get seeded this year.
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