Issue No. 48 - Summer 2006

Fallow acres in Saskatchewan have dropped dramatically over the past 15 years, largely due to direct seeding and producers using more diverse rotations.

However, for the 2006 season, I suspect the fallow acres will increase. The reasons vary somewhat; some areas will increase fallow because the soil is too wet to seed. In other areas, such as the southwest, fallow is more commonly found as a risk management tool. However, the most significant influence resulting in increased fallow acres for this year is the almost across the board low commodity prices. Inputs remain very high and profits are made at every level in the food chain - except at the farm level.

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