Rain starting to cause problems for crops
Excess moisture delays spraying
First Posted: Jun 12, 2012 6:38am | Last Updated: Jun 12, 2012 6:57am
The rain has been pouring down in Saskatchewan this year and it's starting to become a big problem for some farmers.
One of the problems excessive moisture causes, is the flooding of lower areas in fields.
Geoff Hewson farms about 9,000 acres at Langbank, southwest of Moosomin on Highway nine.
"When it dries off, it can create a sort of baked effect on the soil," Hewson told the Richard Brown show.
"You have the low areas of your field that are very saturated and even land that was seeded is potentially drowned out. Then the high areas that might benefit a bit more from the moisture, there's been so much they're sort of baked."
Those aren't the only problems the weather is causing, it's delaying spraying which can increase insect damage.
"With the crops being stressed they don't come through that as well and with the wet conditions, it makes it really hard to apply insecticides and control those problems," said Hewson.
With the lack of sun, crop growth has also been delayed.
"When you start to get late crops, the risk of a fall frost is fairly great," said Hewson.
Even with the trouble farmers have had with moisture in the past few years, Hewson is remaining optimistic.
He plans to keep on farming into the forseeable future.