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Aid for land unseeded worries farm leader

The Assiniboine near Rathwell. Fingers are pointing at Saskatchewan.

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The Assiniboine near Rathwell. Fingers are pointing at Saskatchewan.

The president of Keystone Agricultural Producers says he is concerned about the level of support for flood-stricken farmers with unseeded acres.

Speaking to 50 producers at KAP's general council meeting in Brandon Thursday, Doug Chorney said about 2,400 excess moisture insurance (EMI) claims have been made, totalling $60 million on 920,000 acres.

"I'm worried that we're not going to be eligible for any AgriRecovery benefits on any EMIàacres,"àChorney said.

"Part of the changes in Growing Forward 2 was that no AgriRecovery program could flow into insurable losses. Because there is an insurable-loss option, it's likely there won't be any support for those unseeded acres."

More than 900,000 acres will go unseeded in 2014 as a result of floodwaters in Manitoba, Chorney said.

In 2011, three million acres went unseeded, while another half of a million acres drowned after seed hit the ground. While the unseeded acres are down this year, Chorney expects the number of drowned acres to steadily increase as water wipes out seeded crops.

Barley and canola have been most affected by the wet weather, while soybeans are well behind in maturity, and wheat continues to be the most resilient.

As for the cause of the flooding, there continue to be fingers pointed at Saskatchewan.

"I've been called by Saskatchewan farmers that have told me their neighbours are flooding them from every direction and no one is giving them any help and the government isn't taking any action,"àChorney said.

"We need to work hard to talk to Saskatchewan and explain what we need to see happening because we can see measurable changes in velocity of water flows."

 

-- Brandon Sun

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