Some unharvested fields in the northeast grain belt of Saskatchewan are being put to the torch.
In certain parts of the province, there are fields where the heads of wheat and oats have fallen off. It’s a similar story when it comes to canola fields; many have shelled out over the winter, presumably due to the wind.
Norm Hall farms at Wynyard, Sask. and is vice president of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. He said some crops are being combined, but others have no salvage value and are being burned.
“For a lot of those crops that are in that condition, they weren’t swathed last fall, so they’ve been provided a blanket on the ground — and that ground hasn’t dried at all, it’s just mud underneath,” explained Hall. “If guys want to get the crop in, they have to pay the price.”
Hall said some farmers are burning the old crop to ensure the land dries out in time for spring planting.