Weekend rain brings some relief, rejuvenation

Glistening with dew, corn glows in the early morning sun at Vanden Bosch Farms in Chesterville, in 2016. This year's crop is also thriving, according to a tweet by Garry Brugmans of Chesterville. Nation Valley News file photo

CHESTERVILLE — The rainfall of this past weekend arrived as a welcome respite for local farmers whose crops appeared a little greener and less stressed as the sun rose today.

The rain received represents the bulk of precipitation to fall on the area during an otherwise very dry month of July.

Environment Canada reports that 22.6 mm fell at the Ottawa Airport on Sat., July 9, close to double the amount of rain measured up until that point for the month.

Farmers at the July 7 Forage Expo, west of Winchester, were growing increasingly concerned about lack of rain — although it made for great conditions to demonstrate the haying equipment on site.

Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association President Andrew Harbers estimated that at his family farm near Brinston, they got about 75 per cent of average yield on their first and second cuts of hay this season. Harbers observed that precipitation had been spotty around the region. But he also marvelled at the resiliency of local crops, noting they generally looked good still, despite some signs of stress.

The video below shows the thunderstorm received Sat., July 9.


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