Map: Dryness Still Impacting Parts of Ontario

Despite a reprieve earlier this month, portions of Ontario are still badly in need of additional moisture.

As the map below shows, a large pocket about halfway between Toronto and Windsor - and including the Niagara peninsula - has only received 40 to 60% or less of normal precipitation over the past month, continuing a dry trend that has lasted throughout much of the summer. Although the 30-day map does show a notable improvement from the 60- and 90-day maps, areas east of Toronto all the way to Ottawa also remain overly dry.

“Hopefully, we can get a rain,” Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson said on the latest update of his crop hotline. “The soybean crop – we can still save it. The corn crop; tremendous variability.”

Heavy storms below through parts of the province around the middle of July, dumping as much as 6 inches in some locations. However, not all areas received rain and with the continued dryness since, Johnson said yields are suffering. In the drier eastern Ontario regions, he said winter wheat crops have only yielded between 30 and 60 bu/acre. Some early spring-planted barley hasn’t performed much better, he said.

In his latest field observations, Grain Farmers of Ontario agronomist Marty Vermey echoed Johnson’s concerns about variability.

“Some of us have watched storms go north of us and then jump south and miss us in between,” he said. “While some fields have been very fortunate with adequate moisture, others have been running on low soil moisture for a while.”

At least some rain may be on tap for the main Ontario production regions later this weekend and into early next week, with Environment Canada predicting the chance of showers at 60-70%. Temperatures are also expected to be more comfortable for the next few days after a scorching July, just climbing into the lower to mid-20s degrees C.

Percent of normal precip, Ontario

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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