SUMMERSIDE — The case of a 59-year-old Mount Royal farmer charged with improperly rotating his crops is going to trial.
In Summerside provincial court Tuesday, Warren Ellis’ lawyer Ian Parker entered not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf on four charges under the provincial Crop Rotation Act.
Ellis did not appear in court.
The charges, which each involve separate pieces of land, allege that Ellis: “did, without management plan or permit, unlawfully plant a regulated crop on area of land greater than 1.0 hectare at any time for more than one calendar year in any three consecutive calendar years.”
The offences allegedly took place between April 1, 2010, and Oct. 25, 2012.
Trial dates were not set down in court Tuesday.
Parker asked for an adjournment so schedules could be confirmed.
Crown attorney John Diamond said that two days would be needed for the case to be heard, which prompted Judge Jeff Lantz to indicate if the two dates available in December didn’t work the trial likely wouldn’t be held until early in the new year.
The case was adjourned until Oct. 1 at 9 a.m., at which time trial dates will be set.