Despite recent rain, forage is going to be in short supply this year. Early drought, cool weather and frost have taken a big toll on hay and pasture. There are no easy answers. In past droughts, governments have experimented with a number of different policies. There’s been trucking assistance to move hay supplies and assistance to move cattle to better pastures. Feed grain and forage listing services have been launched. Some of the policies that make the most sense are related to Crop Insurance. The federal and Saskatchewan governments have now acted on that front. Crop Insurance is extending the seeding deadline for greenfeed crops from June 30 to July 15. That should encourage more producers to seed greenfeed if their original crop has failed. As well, producers who have Crop Insurance will be able to seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop. If it keeps raining, growing greenfeed may provide a revenue source for some grain producers while also increasing the feed supply. It’s not a total answer, but it’s a better strategy that subsidizing large trucking bills. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC