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The 2016 growing season brought various challenges to producers across the province and in the County of Wetaskiwin. Extremely wet conditions resulted in many crops remaining in the field throughout the winter.
Some of these crops will be harvestable in the spring, but many of them won’t be and producers will need to dispose of what’s remaining so they can move forward with seeding for the 2017 season.
Some producers may want to burn the swaths or lodged crops left in their fields. Burning crop residue may be a reasonable option for some producers, but there are many things to be aware of prior to burning, including environmental effects, effects on soil, keeping the fire under control, disposing of debris properly and possibly dealing with insurance companies.
If the crop is insured through Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), please contact them before you make your final decision regarding burning. Additionally, if there is considerable damage to the crop due to wildlife grazing, please contact AFSC and make an inquiry into the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (WDCP).
Checklist for burning crop residue:
If you have any further questions regarding burning crop residue, please contact the County of Wetaskiwin Agricultural Services Department at 780-361-6226. Fire Guardians cannot issue these permits.