Map: Rain for Some Ontario Producers but Not All 

After a dry first half of the growing season, rainfall has been more widespread across Ontario over the past month, but trouble spots remain. 

As shown on the map below, a large area extending from about Brantford and east past Toronto continued to receive below normal rainfall over the past 30 days, even as many other parts of the province saw normal to well-above normal amounts. In fact, a pocket around Kitchener only received 40-60% of normal precipitation – dryness that shows up on the 60- and 90- day maps as well. 

In marked contrast, the area around Ottawa has been extremely well watered, with the CBC reporting that more rain (in excess of 100mm) fell on the city on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday than typically falls during the entire month of August. 

However, the rain may have come too late to stave off potential yield losses in some cases. According to an Aug. 9 update from the Grain Farmers of Ontario many corn, soybean, and spring grains are struggling with a lack of moisture that has been made worse by scorching temperatures. “Many fields need continual rains weekly to bring an average crop to the bin this fall,” the update said. 

Much of Ontario’s corn has pollinated through a very hot, dry period, the update added, with soybeans needing moisture “to help determine a productive yield.” 

On the other hand, the update said many winter wheat producers are reporting very good yields, particularly in the more northern and eastern growing regions. The winter wheat harvest in the province is now about 80% complete, the update said. 

percent normal precip

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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