Re: Agricultural Disaster (was Re: [gardeners] Drought)

Bill Loke (
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 08:25:50 -0400

So that's where all our rain went! Even the potatoes have dust in their eyes
here. Maybe tonight we can get some showers and thunderstorms, they keep
promising...... Even a "rumbleguts" would be welcome here. We have been get
daily temps of 35C which is almost blood heat (37C). All sorts of tipburn on
plants yet my Elderberry stand is a wonder in bloom right now.
Friends are the flowers in the Garden of LIfe
Bill Loke USDA 4b
RR#1 Kars Ont K0A 2E0
-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Jackson <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 8:17 PM
Subject: Agricultural Disaster (was Re: [gardeners] Drought)

>Evening gardeners,
>I haven't posted much lately (been away to England and back home to battle
>weeds and an overgrown garden).  But, when I saw all this talk of drought,
>had to tel you all what we have been experiencing here in SW Manitoba and S
>Saskatchewan on the Canadian Prairies.  I guess extremes of rain or no rain
>can be equally as devastating but here is what we have been contending with
>this spring.
>It is so WET up here, ducks are nesting in the ditches.  We have received
>double the normal amount of rainfall for Manitoba in May and early June and
>Saskatchewan has almost tripled their normal rainfall amounts.  Almost Well
>over 75% of farmers in Southern Saskatchewan and South Western Manitoba
>can't get on the land to seed their crops.  Those that have made it onto
>land have trucks on standby in case they get stuck so they can be pulled
>out.  It has been estimated that less than 50% of available land will be
>seeded this year in southern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba.  It
>will be devastating for the small family farmer with little or no crop
>insurance.  Around  here if you don't seed you aren't eligible for
>coverage for losses.
>And, since we are an agricultural area it is not only the farmers that will
>suffer in the end.  One farm equipment dealership has gone bankrupt already
>(in an area where the water table is so high that the roads are actually
>collapsing).  This will have an economic impact on my city as well as an
>even greater impact on the surrounding rural towns and villages.  They are
>actually going to hire psychiatric nurses (my brother is onem of them)
>exclusive job will be to counsel farm families in crisis in SW Manitoba
>So, when I see that I have a peony that just might not make it because it
>has been in standing water for 3 weeks or that the wind has blown over a
>couple of iris bloomstalks or that the majority of my lilies have rust, I'm
>trying to keep it in perspective.  The peony may or may not come back and
>the iris will more than likely flower again next year, the lily will
>the rust and come back even bigger and better next year.  But, the farmer
>who loses the family farm after it has been in the family 150 years doesn't
>get a second chance when the bank forecloses.  He/she doesn't get a second
>chance when they can't get credit to fix machinery or buy groceries for
>their families.  This, too, shall pass for me but it might not for the
>farmers of the area.
>Sorry to unload guys.  Hope nobody takes offense, just had to get it off my
>Barbara Jackson
>"Sunny" Manitoba (yeah, right!)
>Zone 3 Canadian Prairies