Rainy River


The 2016 farm cash receipts for the district totalled $19.7 million, with $8.7 million in cattle & calves and $2.8 million in dairy production. 2016 yields averaged 2.6 tons/acre of hay, 41.8 bushels/acre of canola and 55.8 bushels/acre of oats.

Ag Overview

Based on the 2016 Census, there are 235 farms in the District, predominantly in beef production. Hay is the predominant field crop but fair to moderately high soil productivity can support a number of field crops and there has been a large increase in recent years in corn & soybean acreage. The District is home to the Rainy River District Regional Abbatoir and the Emo Agricultural Research Station, which has approximately 1,300 plots in crops, forages and horticulture. The EARS is operated by the University of Guelph, alongside the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station.

Climate and Soil

From May-October 2016, the District experienced an average of 516 mm of precipitation, 1,496 growing degree days and 2,406 crop heat units. The average growing season is 170 days. The west of the District sits in climate zone W and the east sits in climate zone F.

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