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Jul 24, 2009 by Lee Hart

My iron-clad weather forecast

I shouldn’t always show disrespect for concern over global
warming, but to be honest it is hard to pay it much heed, just by looking out
the window.

It wasn’t too long ago – early July – they were scrapping frost
off the windshields near Camrose, Alberta – and that was after a cool dry
spring…that eventually just mostly dry.

And yesterday I arrived in Eastern Ontario for a few days
and it appears to be great weather here for growing grass, but not so good for
heat-loving crops such as corn and soybeans.

Looking out the kitchen window at the farm, this morning,
there is green, lush growth everywhere. It is another rainy week. The few beef
cows in the field certainly can’t keep up to the grass. And anyone trying to make
hay is struggling to catch at least three dry days in a row.

Some grain-corn fields south of Ottawa looked to be about
chest high while others were barely up to your knees. Having said that,
Shouldice Berry Farms just west of Ottawa is reportedly on the street this week
with fresh corn, although table-corn in the fields of a couple other market
gardens I drove by will be a few weeks yet.

Back in Alberta, one report yesterday (July 23) said Taber
corn is at least three weeks late this year due to the cool growing season.

Global warming may be out there, but at the moment I chalk
this all up to just variable weather. I’m going to go out on a limb here with
this assessment – ‘you just never know what the weather will do.’

 

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Lee Hart

Lee Hart


Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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