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.
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.
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