Record rainfall causes crop delays

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Record rainfall causes crop delays
This is the first day of the year that Christine Paul has been able to tend to her berry crops in just a t-shirt and running shoes. Despite the sunshine, she says the fields at Fruition Berry Farm remain saturated from the recent record breaking rainfall.

Christine Paul, Owner, Fruition Berry Farm:
“It has put us back a little bit in terms of planting and getting things into the ground because we have very wet soil and it’s hard to bring our heavier equipment onto the ground to do some of the planting. It’s put us behind a little bit but not detrimentally.”

With some acreage too soggy to plant, the berry fields that will bear fruit … such as strawberries …. may not be ready for picking until later in June.

Christine Paul, Owner, Fruition Berry Farm:
“Things aren’t as far along as they would normally be at this point but we will still have lovely berries and lovely crops this year it just might be a week or so later than normal.”

Over at Ron Sleeth’s Dairy Farm in Battersea– he has 20 thousand dollars worth of seed still sitting in the shed. This time last year all his crops were already in the ground.

Ron Sleeth, Owner, Eilevale Farms:
“You can’t work a field until it’s dry on top and the ground is warmed up because otherwise you just pack the ground and the crop just won’t grow. In fact, you’ll probably significantly damage that field for two or three years until you’re able to work it appropriately after that.”

Sleeth says every day these soybean seeds remain unplanted, is a dollar lost.

Ron Sleeth, Owner, Eilevale Farms:
“Everyday after the 10th of May, yields drop by at least a bushel per acre.”

He hopes to get planting within the next ten days, but like most farmers, he’s at the mercy of Mother Nature…. going from last year’s extreme drought to a very soggy spring.
-Jonna Semple, CKWS News South Frontenac.

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