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Alberta grower groups call for provincial readiness

Alberta’s four crop commissions are calling on the province to be ready to respond promptly to unharvested acre claims.

Although harvesting has since resumed, there were about 7.8 million unharvested acres as of Oct. 10.

“The conditions at this point in the fall are worse this year than in 2016 when weather caused many acres to remain unharvested in Alberta,” said Alberta Pulse Growers chair D’Arcy Hilgartner.

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation will need to “make prompt decisions to deal with claims and communicate information to farmers in a timely manner,” said Alberta Barley chair Jason Lenz.

Much of the late-harvested wheat crop will be downgraded to feed, noted Alberta Wheat chair Kevin Bender.

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