The cool, wet spring weather in Ontario will likely continue through the planting season, although conditions will be more moderate, says Drew Lerner, ag meteorologist with World Weather Inc.
“We’re going to be a little slow getting moving because there is going to be an ongoing tendency for cooler-biased conditions to prevail,” he says. “It’s not going to be quite as extreme as it was in recent weeks but I still think we’re going to be seeing some additional cool tendencies.”
This is the third year in a row that parts of southern Ontario and Quebec have had an abundance of moisture in spring, he notes.
“The precipitation bias is probably going to be a little less than it has been. That’s good news. I don’t think we’ll be as wet as we’ve been,” he says. However, an evolving jet stream in the U.S. could see storms bring more rain to southeastern parts of Ontario and southern Quebec.
“If the storm track is what I think it may be, we’ll end up seeing storms coming across the U.S. Central Plains, through the heart of the Midwest and into the northeastern corner of the U.S. That’s too close for comfort,” he says.
“I think there will be some planting delays and some concern about it being too wet, especially in the southeastern corner of Ontario’s crop country.”