Early 2020 forecast suggests slow start to planting season


It’s not the forecast anyone in Ontario wants to hear. While some are still finishing up 2019 harvest — a season hampered by a cool, wet spring, a drought, then a nasty fall — weather guru Drew Lerner, of World Weather Inc, says farmers may have to be just as patient in 2020.

On the bright side, Lerner says in general summer shouldn’t be too bad — the big issue he sees is the beginning of the planting season.

“There is a fair chance that we may see just little bit of a wet bias and a cool bias in the spring once again so we might be a little slow in drying down the fields out there in Ontario and Quebec, and we could be a little slow getting going with the planting season,” Lerner says. “But once we’re in the field, and we’ve got a little bit of a handle on things, I think we’re going to find that the growing season in general is not going to be too bad.”

Comparing the upcoming growing season to the one we had in 2019, Lerner says it’ll be somewhat the same but not as harsh as the ups and downs those in the east experienced. Yes, there may be a little bit of a dry down, but it shouldn’t get to the extreme level like we had in 2019 over the summer months

Lerner calls 2020 a bit more manageable for most adding that before you say “here we go again,” know that the wet and cool bias conditions will be there at the beginning, but will die off soon enough.

Listen to the full 2020 outlook for eastern Canada with RealAg Radio host, Shaun Haney and Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. below:

Please register to read and comment.


Register for a RealAgriculture account to manage your Shortcut menu instead of the default.