Dry conditions have some Manitoba producers concerned that the province might be in for another 2019 season — when low yields sent hay prices soaring.

Pam Iwanchysko, livestock specialist with Agriculture Manitoba says that in 2019, because of the dryer conditions over the last several years, people used up the reserves that they had in previous years.

“We were in somewhat of a crisis in terms of low supplies of feed for winter feeding, so guys were scrambling to find hay across the province and across Canada.”

Pam says that this year the Parkland is one of the more lucky areas in the province when it comes to moisture.

“We have had around 60 per cent of normal precipitation to date…whereas southwest and central areas of Manitoba are under 30 per cent of normal precipitation, so certainly we are in a better situation than they are.” She adds, “at the moment I would suggest we probably have adequate moisture to get things going.”

Although the Parkland is doing better than other parts of the province, Pam suggests we will see ramifications based on other areas of the province and western Canada.

“What we’ve seen in the past is where producers will draw upon others who have had adequate to normal precipitation and good yields. It certainly is a vicious cycle and the supply and demand are what drives the prices.”

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