Some Ottawa farmers still can't plant crops in soaked fields
Rainfall record-setting in May, above-average in June
Some Ottawa-area farmers are getting fed up with rain that just doesn't seem to let up this growing season.
After another deluge on the Canada Day weekend, massive puddles remain on fields at Bit-Ta-Luk Farms in Carp where corn and soy should be growing.
"If it continues this way, it's pretty easy to guess that it'll be a challenge balancing the books," said Ross.
Bags of unused corn and soy seeds are stacked at a nearby warehouse waiting to be sent back to the seed company because it's too late to get some crops planted this year.
'A difficult time'
"Bloody wet is the best way to describe it," said farmer Andy Terauds, at nearby Acorn Creek Garden Farm.
"We're behind on most crops. Some haven't got in at all. It's just been a difficult time trying to get the clay soil dry enough to work up. And we get it just worked up, and it rains again, and we don't get the stuff in very well that way."
"When we bought into farming, we bought into mother nature at the same time. We have to be able to deal with it," said Terauds.
"We have irrigation systems that help us out in dry weather. Trouble is there are no systems in place that help us out with wet weather."
Trying to stay optimistic
Terauds has been able to grow produce like tomatoes in his greenhouses to sell at markets across Ottawa to make some money. But that's not enough.
"We're hoping that the fall gives us the kind of crop we need to make ends meet by the end of the year," he said.
Ross is hoping for a two-week stretch of dry weather to get his fields back on track. But if the rest of the summer stays as wet as the spring?
"There's always next year, and we look forward to better years to come," he said.
Terauds shares the same attitude. "Farmers are optimistic people, and if they weren't, they wouldn't be farming."
With files from Andrew Foote