Another city in Manitoba declares drought and high temperature caused agricultural disaster status
Another rural municipality in Manitoba has declared a state of agricultural disaster-this is the second city in less than a week after experiencing a very hot, record-breaking temperature and dry season.
On Friday, the rural municipality of Armstrong in the Interlaken region north of Winnipeg declared a disaster just before the weekend heat wave reached more than 30 degrees Celsius after experiencing a week of high temperatures.
The move came less than a week after the neighboring rural municipality of Saint Laurent declared itself into a state of disaster.
The Armstrong Rural City Government is requesting immediate assistance from the federal and provincial governments to provide farmers with tax deferrals, feed shortages, freight assistance and additional drilling compensation. According to the records of the special council meeting on Friday.
For part of Monday, it rained a little in Manitoba, but for many farmers, it was not enough to reverse a season damaged by extreme heat, record-breaking temperatures and drought.
The city government said that so far this year, its rainfall has been less than 40% of the normal rainfall, crop yields are too low, and air-raid shelters and wells have dried up or dried up.
Drought brings a surge of grasshoppers
Amy Nikkel runs a small organic farm called Adagio Acres, which is located near Lundar, Man., about 110 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg.
She said the drought in her area caused a surge in grasshopper populations, which completely destroyed her oat crops.
“About a week ago, we could see grasshoppers starting to come in from the alfalfa field, they would chew the first 20 feet of our oat crop, and then you would walk there a day later, they would chew another five feet down, and then down Five feet, five feet down,” Nickel said.
“Due to the destruction of the grasshoppers, we have no harvest at all.”
Fortunately, Nikkel said that her harvest in the past few years was pretty good, and she was able to store enough oats for two years.
Not everyone is so lucky.
Brad Erb, a grain farmer in Macdonald Rural Borough, southwest of Winnipeg, said he was happy to see the rain, but it was not enough.
“We need a lot of rain to get back on track. In fact, even a lot of rain cannot make up for the losses we have already suffered on some crops,” he said.
He said it was frustrating to look at his dry, pale fields.
“In a normal year, this crop will be waist-high or taller, lush yellow and green, and look very healthy. Now we have a struggling plant that is under pressure, pale in color, and pale yellow. ,”He says. Say.
“This is a crop under tremendous pressure.”
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Provinces considering assistance
On Wednesday, Governor Brian Pallister told reporters that he had already visited parts of the Interlaken region. He said that what assistance the province can provide will be discussed soon.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Manitoba Agriculture Secretary Blaine Pedersen said that the department is closely monitoring the situation across the province and is discussing with affected groups to understand How the province provides additional assistance.
NDP agricultural commentator Diljeet Brar would like to see the province provide additional measures to help farmers, including signing a federal Agricultural Stability Program, Designed to help producers cope with the sharp decline in income that some Manitoba farmers are experiencing.
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“This is how we help our farmers, and our farm organization is also seeking this kind of help,” Blall said. “But unfortunately [Pallister] So far, the government is not optimistic about these steps. I want them to stand up and stand with the farmers in this difficult situation,” Blair said.
At the same time, both Nikkel and Erb hope to see more rain.
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