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2020 wasn't a bad year for most local farmers; OFA

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture says the summer of 2020 saw plenty of sunshine and a decent amount of rain
Corn field at dusk (August 6th, 2019)
Corn field on Cedar Creek Road in North Dumfries. Ariel Deutschmann/KitchenerToday

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture says the summer of 2020 wasn't bad for most local farmers, crediting a warm and sunny June and July with a decent amount of rain.

Mark Reusser, Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture tells 570 NEWS we've already seen record amounts of wheat harvested in some areas.

"And we are looking forward in anticipation to decent yields of corn and soybeans which will occur late September/early October and then corn in late October and into November." 

Unfortunately, this isn't the case for all local farmers. Reusser says a narrow stretch of land, west of Kitchener-Waterloo extending to Lake Erie, where his own land happens to be, endured nearly drought like conditions this year. 

In fact, there was a period of about six weeks where not a drop of rain fell on that area.

"There will be some fields, mine included, that will have significantly below average yields, and I guess we just have to deal with that, that is what farming is - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose - hopefully you win more than you lose." 

Heading into the colder months, Reusser says many famers will choose to plant cover crops to protect soil from wind and water erosion.

The Grand River Conservation Authority's Rural Water Quality Program is once again offering its cover crop incentive program for farmers in Waterloo Region, Wellington, Brant, Haldimand, and Dufferin counties.


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