The Ontario Corn Crop that Was

courtesy of @waynekblack

courtesy of @waynekblack

With the recent very dry conditions, the Ontario corn crop has quickly moved from one of very high expectations to begging for water.  This week while I was at the Canadian Seed Trade Meeting (CSTA) in Charlottetown many of the seed companies relayed the message to me that the majority of the province needs rain badly in the next 5 days.  

Many fields were table top two weeks ago and now the height variance is increasing as the dry weather continues.  The concerns over the dry weather has even caught the eye of Ontario Premier McGuinty who says that drought stricken producers will receive relief from the province through different risk management programs.  

As written in the Guelph Mercury:

“If you’re ever looking for inspiration, look to farmers and the conditions that they’ve got to overcome on a regular basis,” McGuinty said, when asked how the province will address the consequences to farmers of the ongoing drought. “This time it’s very dry weather, other times it will be excessive moisture, other times it will be crop disease and the like.”

McGuinty said he is inspired by Ontario farmers and how hard they work, “and how well they succeed in terms of bringing us great quality food at a very affordable price,” he said.

There are a variety of risk management programs in place to assist farmers, and it would not surprise him, he said, if some Ontario farmers need to resort to those programs this year.

This drought was not expected by many different meteorologists.  The temperatures have been very high and without the timely rains, corn is tasseling during some of the hottest driest weather of the growing season.  The poor condition of the US corn crop is well documented this year.  Thankfully the Ontario crop is in better condition than the US crop but rain is definitely needed soon.  

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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