The 2013 farm cash receipts for the district totalled $7.4 million, with $2.0 million in dairy production and $1.4 million in cattle and calves.

Ag Overview

Based on the 2011 Census, there are 177 farms in the District with almost 10,000 hectares in crop production. The growing season ranges between 150 & 160 days. A significant Mennonite agricultural community has grown in the District, specifically around the Matheson area. The Cochrane District contains the Ontario portion of the Clay Belt and is the focus of the current Northern Ontario Beef Expansion Project, spearheaded by the Beef Farmers of Ontario.

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Climate and Soil

From May-October 2015, Cochrane had an average of 427 mm of precipitation, 1,531 growing degree days and 2,392 crop heat units. Cochrane lies in plant hardiness zones 3a & 3b. Soils are primarily Gray-Luvisol, Gleysol & Mesisol – the district features deep soils with a mix of well and poorly drained clays, covered by organic deposits. The majority of Class 2-4 soils are located in and around the communities that lie along the Claybelt, including Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Matheson and Kapuskasing.

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