Ontario fields tell a sorry, soggy tale

The headline – “Great weather if you’re a duck” – makes light of the situation, but the fields tell a sorry, soggy tale. “Soybeans have probably never looked as sad.”

Wiarton’s rainfall since April has totaled 388 mm – 88 mm more than normal from April to the end of July. That’s  29 percent more than normal over the past 30 years.

Wiarton location

72 per cent more than normal

Meanwhile, Mount Forest has seen a whopping 513 mm of rain. That’s 150 mm more than normal for April through to the end of July – 72 per cent more than normal.

Unfortunately, the forecast called for another 30 mm.

If you saw the fields of planted crops as Ray Robertson does, the “huge impact” rain has had on them would be obvious.

“I don’t ever recall anything quite as difficult as its been this summer with the extreme amount of rain we’ve had,” the president and executive director of Grey Ag Services in Markdale said.

The rain delayed playing of many crops and then once they were in, it rained a lot. “Huge rainfalls that dumped four and five inches at a time and . . . you get two or three of those in an area it really pools the water, ponds the water in fields I’d never seen water laying before,” the agriculture consultant said.

A good percentage of crops are “looking really sick,” he said. “Soybeans have probably never looked as sad on probably 80 per cent of the fields anyway. They’ve really been held back with extreme wet weather.”

As to hay, the excess rain has left some fields unapproachable due to softness, Robertson said.

“I know some areas of the province are asking for government relief on the situation,” he said. But the damage locally may not be that bad yet, he said.


Thanks to Ian Campbell for this link

8 thoughts on “Ontario fields tell a sorry, soggy tale

  1. Hello 14th century! Time to switch over to little ice age agriculture and avoid the worst of any up coming famines.

    Ranching, dairy farming ,root and cold crops, maybe apples and less emphasis on grains. Learn from history before you repeat it.

    Little Ice Age Big Chill Documentary

  2. What happens if this wet weather continues through winter? all that rain turns into snow. Robert’s ideas are becoming more and more real…

  3. even if they do survive, the mould n toxin risk from anything harvested would make it a waste of time reaping anyway.
    if they happened to be GMO crops, then personally
    (not being nasty to the actual people who i DO feel sorry for)
    to me, its a good loss.
    less of it on the market etc.

  4. Not exactly the parched earth, dried up lakes, no snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro, etc scenario Mr. Gore promised in his failed-predictions movie. It makes no sense he still has his loyal groupies who bow down to him, and UN Agenda 21.

    • One ought to do an experiment to determine if basalt rock dust enables plants to resist root rot. My Banana plant stopped getting root rot and even withstood a Canadian winter in my car where I was sleeping. What killed the plant wasn’t -20C temps but +40 C temps in my car in July the following summer. It got cooked.

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