Wheat Growers Alberta VP Stephen Vandervalk talks about concerns which are cropping up for Canadian farmers, as pressure grows on them to yield more output amid soaring costs.
“We’re seeing fertilizer prices increase by a multitude of 200 per cent or even 300 per cent, depending on when you’ve purchased,” said Kenton Possberg, a farmer north of Humboldt, which is east of Saskatoon.
Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice-president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, told Producer.com, “For me, I won’t be changing anything and I’d say that’s probably 75% of farms,” when addressing the issue of crop rotations.
Wheat prices like those are at their highest in more than a decade, said Dave Quist, executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. There’s likely going to be a shortage of wheat as the fallout of war drastically affects the roughly 30 per cent of world wheat exports coming from Ukraine and Russia, he […]
Wheat Growers’ AB VP Stephen Vandervalk: “I think you’ll see some more wheat go in, but even with this price increase, [wheat] isn’t necessarily that much better to grow relative to other options.
Darryl Fransoo, who farms near Glaslyn and is the Chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, said even if farmers wanted to switch over to wheat, finding seeds after last year’s abysmal crops is tough and expensive.
“We need some rain and we need some crops in 2022 otherwise, I hate to say it, but there could be food shortages coming,” said Stephen Vandervalk with Western Canadian Wheat Growers.