According to the first crop report of the year, producers in the area have started seeding. Most areas across the province should get going this week, unless it rains.

Regional Crop Extension Specialist Daphne Cruise says despite the slow start, seeding progress is not too far behind past years.

"When we look back over a 10 history we are at four percent seeded at this time of year, and six per cent when we look at the five-year average," she said. "We're not overly behind."

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Weather

There are some areas where topsoil moisture is short, but for the most part, there is enough to get the crop in and germinated.

Friday May 11 HIGH of 14. 40% chance of Rain in the morning.

Saturday May 12 HIGH of 19. Sunny

Mother's Day Sunday May 13th HIGH of 26. Partly Cloudy

Monday May 14 HIGH of 27.

Tuesday May 15. HIGH of 26.

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Farmland Values

Farmland Values have increased again. Farm Credit Canada's chief economist J.P. Gervais says the steady increase in farmland values across Canada means now is a good time to review your business plan.

He suggests that your plan should reflect variable commodity prices, higher interest rates and overall productivity. It's always good to have a risk management plan in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The average value of Canadian farmland increased 8.4 percent. Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia reported the largest average increase.

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Pesticide Problem

A dozen pesticides could be affected by a Federal Court decision to allow a lawsuit to continue. Environmentalists blame pesticides for decimating bee populations. They are asking the court to revoke Health Canada permits for two of the country's most commonly used pesticides, known as neonic insecticides.

The Federal court will hear the case brought by four groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation. They rejected an appeal from Health Canada and several chemical companies to have the lawsuit dismissed.

Research suggests a link between neonics and plummeting bee populations. Bees are crucial for the pollination of about 1/3 of human food crops.

 

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