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Peace River grain producers suffering

Grain producers in the Peace River region are suffering because of drier than normal conditions.

Irmi Critcher is the president of the B.C. Grain Producers Association. She says due to the lack of precipitation in the region, grain producers are suffering.

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She says grain producers are basically watching their crops deteriorate in the fields.

Farmers invest in feed, fertilizer and spray at the time of planting and because of the drought conditions, she says they are going to suffer financially if they don’t have a return on their initial investment.

In the past, she says the region received at least 30 centimetres of precipitation during the growing season but that so far this year, there’s been less than 8 centimetres.

Conditions have been extremely dry and almost drought-like this year, something that she says seems to be a continuing trend.

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Critcher says most producers have production insurance, but that the coverage is linked to a farmer’s historic yields.

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Although not all farmers have been suffering as she says cattle ranchers probably had a normal hay crop due to the moisture the Peace River area received in May.

Critcher says they may still have problems further along because they may not be able to get a second crop yield if the drought conditions persist.

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