Wet and cold summer hurts Quebec farmers' bottom lines
This summer's wet weather may have put a damper on many people's summer plans, but no one is feeling the disappointment like Quebec farmers.
Philippe Quinn, farmer and owner of Quinn Farm in Île Perrot, said some of his fields haven’t even been sown because of the rain.
"All season long has been a challenge for us because it's been quite wet," he said.
"Even for planting, the corner of the field behind us wasn't even planted because it was just too wet."
His corn fields, which at this point would normally be waist high, barely graze his knee.
"Your plant is not working as well as it should. Probably a bit of asphyxiation here with the soil being so wet all the time," said Quinn.
And farmers across the province are experiencing similar problems due to the cool, wet weather.
André Plante of the Quebec Produce Growers Association said crops are late and yields are lower than usual.
"It’s very complicated for the leafy vegetables, for example. Lettuce and beans, these commodities have a lot of problems right now," he said.
As a result, consumers may see higher prices at the grocery store and at the market.
"When you have a late crop or less of one, your bottom line feels that at the end of the year," Quinn said.