A wet spring and a wet start to summer has farmers in Essex County struggling to stay afloat.
This June was one of the wettest on record for this region. More than 150 mm of rain fell in the region. Normal rainfall is 89 mm in June.
Environment Canada says June was the wettest on record since 2008.
Walt Brown says the rain has taken a big chunk out of his tomato crop.
"Three weeks ago, we had three-and-a-half inches here. We had lakes in the field. We have places where we've had water standing, and we've had plants die," he said. "We've had it all. And we're struggling to keep the crop going, to stay healthy. It's been a real challenge."
Mark Balkwill, president of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture, says the growing season got off to a good start, but has since turned for the worse.
"It's been a real challenge for guys," Balkwill said. "Some of the farmers actually had to do a reseed because the ground was so soaked."
Geoff Coulson, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the storms could be a result of global warming.
"As we look at the impacts of climate change in Ontario, the scientists have been looking at a variety of different types of weather; hail storms, tornadoes and damaging wind events. It's still difficult to say if we're seeing any trend in terms of more of these events," he said. "But the one type of event that did seem to have a signal come out of the data is these rain storms during the spring and summer months."
Coulson says storms are now more intense and dump more rain at once but that the time between storms is growing.
Back on the farm, Brown says he won't be hitting his target yield for the year. He says that with a little luck and some drier weather, he could to cover his expenses.
But Environment Canada says he's not likely to get his wish. The agency says July and August are usually prime time for thunderstorms.
"It does look like what we experienced in June will continue in July and August," Coulson said.