WINNIPEG – Manitoba farmers are bracing for the possibility of flooding this spring.
The significant flood was 2011, when the Assiniboine was badly flooded.
Dan Mazier is president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, he says the ground can’t absorb much moisture.
“We went into the fall and into the winter very wet. The entire Assiniboine River basin to the west of Winnipeg is wet, Red River basin is wet, and we’ve got snow on top of that. The ability to absorb moisture is limited, and that is the concern. All this snow we’re getting away from the city, there’s a lot of snow that has to melt.”
There is some good news right now for farmers, thanks to the forecast of above-zero temperatures for the next few days.
“Mother Nature seems to be cooperating with this slow melt,” Mazier says. “Every day we get one of these is definitely helping out, but we need a cooperative spring to say the least.”
The weather isn’t the only thing on farmers’ minds on this, the first ever Canada Agriculture Day. There’s also the uncertainty of Donald Trump’s leadership in the United States and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“He’s causing instability that we don’t need in agriculture. We have weather events and border issues. He’s focusing on Mexico but there are some concerns there, we have to be very much watching what he’s saying and what he’s doing. This is going to impact all of agriculture and all of Canada.”