Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Todd Loewen has taken to Facebook to lend support to farmers who still have crop in the field.
“Yes, lots of additional costs, compounded by substantially lower income. These losses across Alberta could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. To the individual farmers, it is catastrophic.”
He adds even those that did finish combining had to spend a lot of money drying grain and the crop still lost quality.
“Those that did not get their crops off suffer from a myriad of issues (such as) low quality, damage from mice and other wildlife, delayed insurance pay-outs. It’s also problematic, because farmers will be combining when they should be seeding.”
Loewen says farmers might consider burning the old crop, rather than trying to combine it.
“As you cannot seed a new crop with the old crop still in the field. Depending on fire risk, that may not be possible, which may create seeding delays that may prevent a farmer from seeding a crop this year, which would mean two crops in a row lost.”
Loewen says a million acres are still out across of Alberta.