Prolonged winter could cause problems for farmers

first_imgThere are programs such as production insurance and AgriStability which can aid farmers in the event of a drought or if they have poor yields. However, these forms of aid are often based on previous years’ yields, which could be diminished if the affecting conditions are prolonged. Environment Canada officials have warned that most areas in central and western Canada could face an extended winter, which can mean an extended snow cover.While an extended snow cover could mean more moisture for the recently drought-affected Peace River region, if the snow cover lasts too long, it could end up causing other problems.- Advertisement -Snow cover can add some moisture to the soil, but a fair amount does run off because the ground is still frozen, says James Griffith, a product representative for production insurance with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.Griffith says although rain is still needed throughout the growing season, snow cover can help provide soil moisture which helps get the crop off to a better start.However, he says an extended snow cover can cause problems when it comes time to plant.Wheat and canola are two of the main crops grown in the Peace River area. Both require a longer growing season, which means being planted earlier in the seaon, but Griffith says if the snow cover lasts past a certain date it can become too late to even consider planting those crops. At that point, he says some farmers switch to planting barley and oats which have a slightly shorter growing season. However, he says if the snow cover lasts over an additional time period, it can become too risky to even plant those crops.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man who said heroin is getting more common in Co Donegal has been jailed for ten years for possession of the drug.Bernard Alcorn was caught with the drug in Stradone, Cavan in April, 2010.Alcorn of 17 Cluain Ard, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to the sale or supply of the drug. Cavan Circuit Court heard how Alcorn had been stopped in a van in which more than €20,000 of the drug was found.The Court heard that Alcorn had left Letterkenny on 22nd April 2010 to collect Heroin in Dublin. Members of the Drugs Unit at Letterkenny had followed him, assisted by Drugs officers in Cavan and Monaghan.At 7pm on 22/4/10 Alcorn was observed at the Lavey Inn, Stradone, Co. Cavan removing items from his van. As Gardai approached he was observed throwing a bag into nearby shrubbery.The bag was recovered and contained €18,790 worth of Heroin. Alcorn was arrested and detained at Cavan Garda Station. He did not co-opetrate with the Gardai. He was subsequently charged with Possession of drugs for sale or supply Judge John O’Hagan said his hands were tied in the matterHe was aware that Alcorn received a 2 year sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court on the 10.02.12 for possession of HEROIN for SALE/SUPPLY. For the Section 15a Offence Judge Hagan stated that his hands were tied, there was no co-operation with Gardai from Alcorn.The Court heard from investigating Gardai that Alcorn had 38 previous convictions, including Possession of Drugs for Sale/Supply (4), Numerous RTA Offences, Burglary, Theft, Public Order and Assault. DONEGAL DRUG DEALER JAILED FOR 10 YEARS was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BERNARD ALCORNdrugsletterkennylast_img read more