Spectre of drought in Ontario motivates aid request

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In Temiskaming you can fit your arm up to the elbow in the soil cracks, says one farm leader. Yet not all are convinced it’s time to say ‘uncle’


Great the 11 years from now agricorp will try and get back money like they are trying now from 4500 farmers by $30 million

Nought from OMAFRA towards me hath sped well.
So now I find that ancient proverb true,
Foes' gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none.

Sophocles (updated)

with farmers getting $8.00 plus per bushel corn and $16 for beans they should not need help with crop insurance. They are buying land at $10000 per acre why give them disaster pay!!!!!!

Its very dry where we are and looks like there is no sign of rain. The goverment will say anything from paying out any money. We had 6 tenths of rain since the first week of June.

It doesn't help when cash croppers are renting up all the land around, and turning the fields from hay in to corn. Leaving the average beef operation strapped for hay supply for their herds. Maybe there should be some kind of limit to howmuch field or fields can be turned around by cash croppers.

How reliable are the stations which measure rainfall for Agricorp?
It has been extremely dry everywhere in Haldimand County, yet for the month of June only one station (Walpole) registers a deficit. How can that be? If the crops in the area got the rain which the stations claim we got, why do all of the crops look so bad?!

We also noticed that a few of the amounts of rainfall registered in May increased from when we checked the site in June and then checked them again in July. Strange.

Wendy Omvlee
Pieter Bosschers

We wonder how agricorp will comput the FLOATING FOR 2012 CORN AND S BEANS does anybody know Will it break the provice or will they find a gimic to low ball the floating price?????????????????????

If you get 8$ and 16$ for corn and soyabeans its great if you had corn or soyabeans ,if the crops are burnt off you might just as well get 100$ a bushel.
Not everyone is buying land for 10,000$ an acre if they were I have land for sale. They write about few people paying that and the only ones is the older farmers or the ones that hit the lucky strike. The corn we have is not going to produce any cobs and the soyabeans might if we get alot of rain pretty soon.

I have been grassing cattle for 27 year's and we have never seen it this dry in July. Sure there have been dry spell's but nothing this severe. The first cut of hay was only 60% of our normal production. The rocketing price of land rent in our area it is nearly impossible to compete with large cash cropper's to find land to produce mory roughage for our cattle. This year's drought will go down as the dust bowl of 2012.Second cut hay is almost non-existant and with no rain in site, the spring cereal and corn crop. will likely be a right -off also at this critical stage of development. two thing's that don't exist are high grain price's and high cattle price's , consumer's be ready for a rise at the grocery store.PRAY FOR RAIN

Looking at Enviaronment Canada historical weather data for my area. Since June 13 we have had 8mm of rain, last year in that time we had 115mm.

And yet the weather forecasters keep referring to any potential rainfall as a "threat" or a "risk", and the continuation of this endless sunny dry weather as "another nice day of sunshine and clear skies"!
Rain is not necessarily a bad thing, people, and we should stop this weather-ist phraseology.

Pretty sure most people who peruse this site are aware of the fact that rain is not a bad thing. You need to put your comment in papers such as Globe and Mail and The National Post.

We have been cow/calf farming for thirty years and have never had a drought where there was no second cut in ANY field. The pastures are gone and we are letting the cows into our best hay fields so the little bit of second crop (three inches high) will not be wasted. We are also feeding our winters hay. I have no idea what we will be feeding in the winter. There has been many ups and downs in cow/calf farming over the years; this just may be the one that pushes us off that edge.

It's too bad the beef farmers couldn't have hydro ontario reverse the monies that we have been paying to their debt retirement problem, so that we may buy hay to help keep the beef farmers from having to sell their herds that took farmers many years of working hard and doing with out to build up.

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