The 2016 farm cash receipts for the district totalled $63.6 million, with $22.2 million in dairy production and $10.6 million in soybeans.

Ag Overview

Based on the 2016 Census, 356 farms had over 77,000 hectares in production – over half of the operations are valued at over $500,000. Oats, barley, soybeans and corn are the typical field crops. Canola used to be the predominant crop, but recent years have seen the swede midge negatively impact canola production and reduced canola acreage. The New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station is located in the District, with agricultural research focused on agronomy, horticulture and beef. The NLARS, along with the EARS, is managed by the University of Guelph.

Climate and Soil

From May-October 2016, the District experienced an average of 141 mm of precipitation, 1,560 growing degree days and 2,443 crop heat units. The District contains the Ontario section of the Little Claybelt and within the clay zone, the average growing season is 175 days. Further northwest of Lake Temiskaming, the average growing season is 157 days. The District lies within plant hardiness zones 3a & 2b and in climate zones F, G & H. Soils are mostly sandy hummo-ferric podzol soil.

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