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County of St. Paul Declares State Of Agricultural Disaster

With 35 per cent of the crop still out in the field, St. Paul County has officially declared a municipal state of agricultural disaster.
 
The County located Northeast of Edmonton says the unharvested acres are consistent throughout the County, and the recent snowfall makes it unlikely farmers will make any harvest progress before Spring.
 
It says their agriculture community has seen several tough years with wet weather in the Summer followed by excess moisture in the Fall and Spring.
 
Any bushels farmers do manage to get off the field come with the added costs of drying grain and increased cost of running equipment in wet in cold conditions, which the County says they took into consideration when making this decision.
 
They declared a state of agricultural disaster in the spring of 2017, after a very similar harvest season in 2016 where about 25 per cent of crops were unharvested with poor yields and quality also becoming a problem.
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