Summer 2012 – a tough time for the province’s crops

Throughout the south, central and eastern regions, a long dry period during the first half of the summer seriously affected regional yields of forage crops and stunted corn crops. But the drought took an even higher toll south of the border


This past summer in Ontario has been a cottager’s dream – warm, dry, lots of sun!   

Not so for many of Ontario’s farmers. The high-degree days and sunshine have, of course, been a boon. However, between the damaging frosts in mid-spring that killed off most of the fruit tree blossoms in southern Ontario and the relatively scarce and spotty rain during both spring and summer, crops across much of the province have been hit hard. As farmers know only too well, drought trumps heat.

Better Farming - November 2012