Agriculture in West Nipissing

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Land and Area Base

  • 35, 000 acres
  • Primarily azilda clay loam
  • Old lake bottom which is quite level
  • Production potential is limited by poor drainage
  • Thousands of acres have been systematically tiled with plastic tile at 40 or 50 foot intervals
  • An extensive system of municipal drains have been installed to provide outlets
  • Farmers are completing their "Environmental Farm " and " Nutrient Management" plans to ensure a  sustainable environment
  • Mean annual temperature is 4.7 degrees Celsius
  • Growing degree days - 2800 Corn heat units - 2500
  • Frost free days - 90 to 110 days
  • Annual precipitation - 32 to 35 inches



  • There are a number of Beef Farms. They vary in size from a few head of cattle to over 800. They are primarily cow-calf operations.
  • The number of Sheep Farms is increasing. There are more than 1900 sheep & lambs on local farms.


  • West Nipissing / Sudbury East region: 17 dairy farms for a total of approximatly 900 cows
  • Production: 7 million litres of milk annually (or a an average of 50 cows per farm)
  • between 15 to 125 cows per farm
  • Approximate farm gate value: $6 million


  • Intensive forage cultivation is the most common use of crop land
  • Alfalfa mix forage which yields up to 7 tons per acre is harvested in a two-cut system when planted on systematically drained land
  • Trefoil, timothy, orchard grass, clover and brome are also popular forage species on dairy farms, forages are stored primarily as haylage in sealed storage systems 
  • Sealed upright steel silos, large ag bags, individual bale wrap, tubes and line bale wrappers are all in use nearly all dry hay is baled in large round or square bales weighing from 400 to 1500 pounds
  • Corn is grown for silage and some high moisture grain for cattle feed
  • Cereal crops include barley, milling oats and wheat
  • Roughly 2700 acres of milling oats are grown
  • Barley yields of around 1 or 2 tons per acres
  • Canola brings roughly $700,000 in farm cash receipts
  • Soybeans bring roughly $400,000 in farm cash receipts
  • Other crops include navy (white) beans and flax
  • There is one certified seed grower in the area; Mr. Gerald Beaudry from Verner
  • Experimental research plots, planted by the New Liskeard Agriculture Research Station, are located near Verner
  • There are a number of pick-your-own operations, with strawberries as the main crop, pumpkins, raspberries and sweet corn are also grown
  • A few greenhouse operations grow annuals and vegetables on a seasonal basis
  • A few Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) operations are located within the Municipality


Support Services

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Rural Affaires
Verner, Ontario
Tel.: 705-594-2312
Toll free: 1-877-424-1300

EastGen (Part of the Semex Alliance) - (artificial insemination of cattle)

Ontario Dairy Herd Improvement Corporation technicians

Springer Animal Hospital

Co-opérative Régionale de Nipissing Sudbury Limited operates a feed mill, elevator, dryer facilities and farm supply store, all in Verner 

Northern Ontario Milk Transport


Equipment Dealers

R.L. Equipment, Verner (John Deere)

Groulx Garage, Cache Bay (Massey Ferguson)

Local CGA firms provide most of the professional farm account services. 

In addition, many products and services are provided by supplies from the North and South who come into the area on a regular basis.

Cache Bay • Crystal Falls • Desaulniers • Field • Kipling • Lavigne • North Monetville • River Valley • Sturgeon Falls • Verner