Alberta's Peace region faces harvest disaster

Alberta’s northern agricultural regions are asking people not to snowmobile in areas where crops still remain unharvested.

“It’s a disaster…in many parts of the Peace River region,” says Canterra Seeds’ Jesse Meyer. “We’ve got areas that are well under half done – so over half of the crop is still in the field.”

Meyer says the conditions have been particularly devastating because the potential for tremendous crops was there, and farmers were reporting some fairly significant yields.

The majority of unharvested acres are canola, with a mixture of swathed and standing, though Meyer says there is a considerable amount of cereals left, and the odd pea crop.

Despite the difficult circumstances, and what some are arguing is worse than the harvest of 2016, Meyer says farmers in the north remain optimistic.

Hear Jesse Meyer in conversation with Shaun Haney, about the current conditions in Alberta’s Peace Region:

On November 5, Saddle Hills County Council declared a Municipal Agricultural Disaster for the region roughly 500 km northwest of Edmonton, Alta. Leduc County and Lac Ste. Anne County have also declared states of agricultural disaster this harvest season.

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