With Mother Nature continuing to turn up the heat, area farmers are feeling the impact of this year’s record-breaking dry conditions.
With close to no rain in recent months, Environment Canada says London welcomed the driest May since 1977 and the driest June since 2011.
It has been a difficult season for some of the biggest cash crops including corn, soybeans, and wheat.
Even if the heat breaks with rain in the coming days, farmers say some of the damage has already been done.
“The wheat is about to be re-harvested. Any rainfall moving forward is not going to assist that crop because it completed it’s seed setting,” President of Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Don McCabe, tells AM980.
“Strawberries are also completed so it’s not going to bring anything back to help them.”
McCabe says if it rains about an inch every week, there’s still hope other crops can be saved.
“We are moving into a season where a whole bunch of these crops are going to be trying to form their fruits and seeds for harvest later. Therefore timely rain is of the utmost importance,” says McCabe.
The short-term forecast for London seems a little promising with a possibility of relief on the horizon.
Environment Canada says the heat and humidity could trigger thunderstorms during the next few days.
There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
With files from Rana Aladdin