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Agriculture Reports Shows That Manitoba is Behind in its Harvesting Season, Is It Climate Change?

Reports released by Manitoba Agriculture presented data on the harvest season of Manitoba in the month of September, and the reports clearly show that some crops have not reached the average yield. The reason for sure is the weather, as reported by Manitoba Agriculture. Many scientists and researchers predict that the cause of these weather irritations is the universal problem, Climate Change.

Climate change has been a challenge to the whole world, and everyone is trying to find solutions for it, but until a formal solution is found, the agriculture industry will keep on facing weather challenges. “Increased temperatures, longer growing seasons, shifting precipitation patterns and an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme events from climate change will bring challenges to Canada’s agricultural sector,” said the Government of Canada in The Climate Change report, and the report mentioned that in the Prairie Regions, the “Reduced precipitation later in the growing season, coupled with increased heat will cause stress to plants and may have a negative impact on yields.”

The Government of Manitoba predicted in the Guide to Sustainable Cropping Systems, “Farming in a Changing Climate in Manitoba,” that “Manitoba’s central location in North America, combined with its northerly latitude, means that climate change effects are likely to be felt sooner and more severely than in other parts of the world.” Moreover, Manitoba is already starting to see the effects, and they are becoming severe. “I told my wife that many crops aren’t going to make it this year after looking at how there was so much rain but not much sunshine…. even the crops in my backyard didn’t give the expected yield when I read the report released by the Manitoba Agriculture, I knew right away that my prediction was right….” said a former Manitoban farmer.

In the Southwest, Northwest, and Interlake regions, the farmers have reported a limited harvest. “Some farmers were saying it was a little disappointing. They were hoping for above-average (yields). The crops looked really strong, and the height was quite tall, but at the end of the day, the bushels weren’t quite there.” said Manitoba Agriculture Dane Froese.


– Halla Alhamed/Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.


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