Ontario planting season barely begun amid wet conditions

With the abundance of chilly, wet conditions, growers in Ontario and Quebec have seen very limited progress in planted acres to date. Tuesday on RealAg Radio on RuralRadio 147, Peter Johnson said that he estimates planting in Ontario is only five to 10 per cent completed at this time.

“There were a few guys that got going last weekend on the lighter soils but it is really spotty, while another challenge is that the ground is so cold currently,” Johnson says.

Early spring conditions in Ontario have been wet, to say the least (supplied photo, 2019)

According to Johnson, the 5-year planting progress as of May 20th averages around 55 per cent.

In southwestern Ontario, wet spring conditions are a continuation of frustration from last fall with a rough corn harvest and massive infestation of DON levels.  To add insult to injury, farmers discovered a large portion of the winter wheat crop and the hay crop has been winter-killed, putting even more pressure on replants to corn or soybeans.

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