Hot, dry weather has Ontario farmers hoping for rain


July has hit Ontario hot and dry; a continuation of the dry bias, but a welcome change from the unseasonably cool start to the season.

While corn and soybean fields aren’t as negatively impacted by dry weather this early in the season, much of the wheat crop and spring cereals are either filling or about to begin filling.

Incredible heat right now is definitely a detriment to wheat yields, says Peter Johnson, in the RealAg Radio segment below.

There’s also the hay crop to consider. In many areas, first cut was a little light and legumes were set back by the early season coolness. Second cut has been very slow coming and some fields need rain in order to begin green-up in some cases.

The hot, dry weather is wide-spread — from west and southern areas of the province and up into the very eastern portion of Ontario. The current forecast shows some active weather that could bring rain to the region by the end of the week, but very hot daily temperatures between now and then.

Huge areas of the U.S. are also experiencing drought conditions. Follow the #drought20 hashtag on Twitter for some of the images and experiences of farmers across North America.

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