The 2016 farm cash receipts for the district totaled $17.5 million, with $3.6 million in cattle & calves and $3.6 million in dairy production. In 2016, Algoma yielded an average of 2.1 tons/acre of hay and 65.6 bushels/acre of oats.

Ag Overview

Based on the 2016 Census, there were 280 farms in Algoma – raising beef cattle and other animals are the two top sectors. Hay is the most common field crop but crop production has expanded in recent years to include silage corn, seed corn, canola and cereals. Algoma also has a significant maple syrup industry. The average growing season is 183 days.

Climate and Soil

Algoma transitions from climate zone F in the south to G, H & I in the North and lies within plant hardiness zone 4b. From May-October 2016, Thessalon, a farming hub in Algoma, experienced 473 mm of precipitation, 1,552 growing degree days and 2,463 crop heat units. Soils are predominantly shallow (generally under 2 feet deep) humo-ferric podzol, with the occasional exposed bedrock.

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