The 2016 farm cash receipts for the district totaled $11.3 million, with $3.8 in canola and soybean production and $1.3 million in cattle & calves. 2016 yields averaged 1.3 tons/acre of hay, 52 bushels/acre of canola, 48.3 bushels/acre of soybeans and 75 bushels/acre of oats.

Ag Overview

Based on the 2016 Census, the district is home to 218 farms. Barley & forages are typically grown but canola, soybeans and corn are becoming more prevalent. A cooperative grain elevator is located in Verner. An agronomy research tests site is also located in Verner, which includes approximately 450 plots. This site is managed by the University of Guelph through the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station.

Climate and Soil

From May-October 2016, the District experienced an average of 251 mm of precipitation, 1,613 growing degree days and 2,547 crop heat units. The average growing season is approximately 180 days. Nipissing sits primarily in climate zone F and plant hardiness zone 4a & 3b. Soils in the District are thin, stony, well-drained podzols and tend to be highly acidic, with agricultural lime used to improve yields.

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