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Wet, cold spring means later harvests, reduced yields

A farmer at County Road 28 works the field. John Ferguson photo

A wet and cold spring has delayed planting of crops this year – in direct contrast to last year’s drought – and some farmers’ fields are still soggy.

As water levels remain above the highest recorded in 100 years, local farmers are expecting later harvests and reduced yields.

John Thompson, president of the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture noted earlier this month that planting dates are later than ideal this year.

“Some crops currently planted are doing OK on well-drained land but some areas have suffered from saturation and ponding.”

Farmers, he said, are hopeful a warmer and drier planting window continues.

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