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
“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
“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
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