By Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
For many Ontario farmers, the 2021 season has been a weather roller coaster. Throughout much of the province, the season started out extremely dry, with some regions receiving less than 20 per cent of normal precipitation for the month of May. Late June brought relief for many parts of southern Ontario, with regular rainfall that continued throughout July. Some areas, however – in particular parts of Kent and Essex counties – received excessive rainfall and quickly went from too dry to far too wet. Other parts of the province continued to experience serious water deficits.
Each year’s challenges provide lessons in the importance of resilient soils. Resilient soils result in resilient cropping systems, which produce higher, more consistent yields and are better able to bend without breaking under stress.|READ MORE