Harvest in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River is about 90 per cent done, says farmer and M.D. councillor Robert Esau. It is poor quality and there isn’t a lot of grain per acre. The harvest won’t make anyone “rich and famous,” but “it is good enough to get us to next year.”
Back in the spring, Esau described the year as the “spring from hell.” It was wet and farmers were having trouble getting seeds into the ground. However, conditions improved.
“What really saved us was the open fall,” he says. If there’d been a killer frost at the end of August, farmers wouldn’t have made ends meet, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the fields had time to ripen with the warm fall. The majority of crops are canola and wheat.
Most of the grain farming in the M.D. is in the eastern part of the M.D. by Flatbush and Smith area. Esau farms in Flatbush.
There are cattle farms in the eastern and western portions of the M.D.
“Prices are fairly strong” for cattle, says Esau. Back in the spring, farmers were worried there wouldn’t be enough cattle feed, but with harvest almost done there is lots. Most of the wheat is feed grade this year.