Prairie Farmers Begin Task Of Writing Off This Years’ Crops

For farmers west of Manitoba, things are looking pretty dismal this year…and no doubt, Canadians will feel the effects in food prices later on this fall.
Yesterday the Alberta Agriculture Minister announced they would not be doing crop inspections this year as the damage is so widespread that farmers are being asked to just call in the details of their losses to the govenrment instead of them sending out a crop insurance investigator.
The vast majority of southern Albertas’ grain producing region is under a thick layer of swirling dust. Rainfall has been so bleak that many seeds that were sown have not sprouted at all due to the lack of rainfall which is at the lowest level since the 1930’s.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Gotta be Global Cooling.

  2. jim bender
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    If it is…it comes from the icy heart of Stephen Harper:)

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Harper? I thought Obama was the only head of state that could control the weather.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    It's not his icy heart that bothers me. I consider that an asset in a legislator. It means there's some hope for rational decision making rather than knee jerk emotional responses. What bothers me is his lack of a political or moral compass. He'll pander to whoever or whatever he thinks will buy him some votes. He needs a gold plated for sale sign as a lapel pin.

  5. jim bender
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Obama CAN control the weather:)
    ever check out HAARP?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I said the weather, not the political climate. 🙂

  7. jim bender
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    HAARP…located in Alaska.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. I know. They've been playing around with that Buck Rogers crap for a while now. Takes me back to the early 60s when the backwoods crowd blamed the changeable weather on missile testing.

    The weather and climate is what it is. It's beyond our control. That's what so many people find scary, so they imagine we can somehow influence it. We can't. We don't affect it. It affects us.

    The universe is a random scary place. Enjoy it while you can. 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    A lot of water has been removed from the Alberta/Saskatchewan natural water systems and converted into toxic lakes. Perhaps farmers could irrigate with heavy oil.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Big oil, no water.

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