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.
The UN World Food Program has warned that millions of people in the developing world and conflict zones are on the brink of starvation following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s biggest wheat exporters.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday during his visit to London that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was having a “ripple effect” across the world, including to the UN World Food Program.
Wheat prices are soaring amid the Russian-Ukraine conflict, and spurring Canadian farmers to boost production. Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice president of Western Canadian Wheat Growers, tells BNN Bloomberg that the rising cost of inputs are challenging farmers in meeting demand.
Dave Quist, executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, said Ukrainian farmers were “very concerned about not being able to get into the field at all.” He said it is doubtful whether those that manage to plant their fields will be able to harvest in August or September.
“The spring wheat market is on a tear,” said Stephen Vandervalk, vice president of Alberta for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. “There’s no doubt that this price increase that’s happening now will affect seeding.”
The National Farmers Union and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association don’t agree on much. But the two groups do agree on one thing; grain production contracts need to be fixed. “We had a lawyer look into these contracts, as an organization,” said Kenton Possberg, a wheat growers director in Saskatchewan. “What he came back […]