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Record summer rainfall in Ontario
Summer weather dampens Ottowa crops
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Record summer rainfall in Ontario
Summer weather dampens Ottowa crops
19 Sep 08 - June was Ottawa’s wettest month, which meant a slow start for some local farmers. Environment Canada’s weather station at Macdonald-Cartier Airport recorded 106.6 mm, considerably higher than the approximately 85 mm June rainfall.

Mathieu Blanchard, coordinator of the Cumberland Farmers’ Market, said many of his vendors had nothing to sell when the season began on June 21.

“For some, the rain meant one or two weeks of delay,” Blanchard said, “especially for those that don’t have greenhouses.”

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“Blanchard said, although the rain wasn’t devastating for farmers, some did report losses due to rot because of the soggy fields.

“It was also difficult for farmers to get into the fields in June,” Blanchard said. “One farmer mentioned he was pretty happy to have a four-wheeler to get through the mud.”

“Berry farmers in the area were probably the hardest hit by the high levels of June rainfall.

“Giselle Proulx, owner of Proulx Farms east of Orléans, said not only did the wet weather shorten the growing season, but lack of sunshine in July meant the quality of the berry crops was not as good as it could have been.

“The strawberries were wet,” Proulx said. “Strawberries and raspberries don’t have skin, so they absorb the water right away. When it rains all day, the berries stay wet. The customers pick that and they go bad right away. They don’t keep.”

“Proulx also said the cloud cover meant the berries were not as sweet as they normally are.

“Without the sun, the berries don’t produce the sugar, the glucose,” Proulx said. “This was not a year to test new varieties.”

Southwestern Ontario and Northern Ontario had record rainfall over the summer, including Thunder Bay, with 375 mm of rain over the three-month period.

See entire article:
http://www.eastottawa.ca/article-251589-Summer-weather-dampens-crops.html
Thanks to Alana for this link

 



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