CBC: How technology is helping grain farmers adapt to weather woes

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Farmers in B.C. and industry analysts say dramatic swings in weather are hampering grain and other crop yields at a time when farmers are leaving the sector, and the only way forward is to adapt with technology.

Despite weather challenges, Kristjan Hebert managed to grow about 80 per cent of his average yields last season at his 40,000-acre grain and oilseed farm near Moosomin, Sask.

“Farmers have had to deal with volatile weather forever and we continually get better with it,” he said, crediting technological advancements, including seed genetics, modern equipment and climate-risk management programs.

Hebert said crop insurance, both public and private, helps keep farmers afloat during poor yield years and allows them to invest in new technology and genetics.