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Tough Times for Canadian Farmers: Rainy Weather Impacts Local Food Production

By: Carly Chagas
June 9, 2017

It’s no shock to anyone that this Spring has been a rainy one. What you might not know is the rainy weather is having an impact on the production of local food.

This is the second year in a row that farmers are facing challenges with their crops. Last year, farmers faced drought conditions that lead to wilted crops and loss of profits. This year, they are facing the opposite. Rain is typically associated with plant growth, so it may come as a surprise that too much of a good thing can be bad.

Delayed Planting

According to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the soggy and wet weather has made it nearly impossible for farmers to prepare and plant their fields. Planting has been delayed by weeks and it is estimated that as little as 30% of corn crops and 15-20% of soybean crops have been planted.

Not only has the seeding been delayed, but some farmers have had to reseed their fields after the rain has flooded and ruined their crops. With delayed planting, comes delayed and smaller crop yields for the year.

Infestation Risks

A delayed seed planting will not only impact the crop yield, but it puts the plants at a higher risk for infestation. Many pests, including slugs, thrive in wet environments putting the crops that go grow at a higher risk than normal.

You might be wondering what you could do to help. Supporting local farmers and being a conscious consumer is more important than ever. With the struggles they are facing, we are proud to support local farmers in Canada and we hope you will join us!

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Related News Articles:

Blackburn News – Rain, Rain Go Away

CTV News – Seeding Delays

Farms.com – Ontario Farmers Worried about Wet Forecast

Field Crop News – Infestation Risks and Rain

The Globe and Mail – 2016 Drought

York Region News – Local Farmers and the Rain