Soggy fields hamper Thunder Bay farmers
Farmers have already lost parts of their crops as a result of the extraordinarily wet weather
Just a few weeks ago, farmers in the Thunder Bay area were worried about low water levels — but after record-breaking rains that led to epic flooding, what they're hoping for now is steady sunshine.
This spring’s wet weather is ironic for Jason Reid, who runs a cattle and sheep farm just outside Thunder Bay. Last year was tough for farmers, he said, as they battled some of the driest conditions in recent memory.
"The creeks never came up [and] the ponds never really filled last fall," he said.
Reid hauled water to fill wells and invested thousands in a new water system.
Parts of the land that was once home to clouds of dust are now pooled with water.
Murillo dairy farmer Peggy Brekveld is worried about her rain-soaked barley and corn fields.
"We've lost about 10 per cent of our corn to either washouts … or … in pooling places where the water sat for too long and the corn [died]," she said.
Brekveld said the rest of her crops will be okay, if things dry out soon. But she's not longing for the extremely dry conditions of just a few weeks ago.
"Before all the rain came you could actually see the dust flying in the Slate River valley, as the farmers started to work the field," she said.
"That's how dry it was. So we did need the moisture. It would've been nice if it was spread out a little more."
Reid said now farmers are all wishing for some heat. They may be in luck, as the forecast calls for warm weather over the next week.