Carbon’s Impacts: Drought helping Canadian fertilizer and soybean industries, but swarming Beamsville with flies
The worst drought in 25 years blanketing the U.S. has ruined corn crops, while causing prices for commodities and fertilizers to shoot up. Chasing next year’s high prices, farmers are stocking up on seed and fertilizer, sending Canadian fertilizer companies’ profits through the roof. Read it all at the Toronto Star.
Meanwhile, P.E.I. soybean farmers are also set to cash in on the U.S. drought because soybean prices have jumped from $400 to $500 a tonne in the last month. Despite facing their own heat and dry weather, P.E.I.’s growing conditions are not as dramatic, but more rain is needed to get yields up, say farmers. Read it all at the CBC.
The warm winter and Ontario’s drought is blamed for inundating Beamsville On., outside St. Catharines, with above normal levels of houseflies. Local businesses are closing outdoor patios and residents have started a petition.
We are killing 60 to 100 flies a day in our home and our children are having trouble playing outside, said one resident. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture staff are working with farmers to install bug control traps and introducing predatory wasps to kill the flies. Read it at the St. Catharines Standard.