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Local farmer recaps impact of rain on summer crops

The Canadian Press

It was a rainy summer around the province, and while it meant less beach days for us, it also meant a touch and go season for farmers.

On the Jennifer Campbell Show today, a local farmer discussed how the sometimes torrential downpours affected them this season.

“When the ground can’t dry out, and some of our smaller crops, like our peas and our beans that are right close to the ground, when that ground can’t dry out, there’s an increase for mold, pressure and that, and disease a little bit more. It just means we have to be on a little bit more for our fungicides,” explains Trevor Herrle from Herrle’s Country Farm Market.

Rain levels on the ground differed across the province, including a major downpour in Bradford that had many farmers worrying about how their crops would turn out.

“All in all, from the rest of the province, in Waterloo Region here, we’ve been so fortunate, we have missed alot of those rains. The big damaging ones, you know they had go through the Bradford Marsh, you know they had nine inches of rain go through there,” adds Herrle.

On the other hand, the heat wave we had last week was beneficial for farmers, with Herrle explaining that their sweet corn has grown well.

He says they are now looking forward to the fall, and preparing for that season.

“I just finished planting last week, so our last planting of peas and beans just went in the ground, which will hopefully be ready by the end of October.”