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Corn growers in Fraser Valley dealing with crop delays after unseasonably wet climate

Key takeaways: 

  • Chilliwack farmer states it’s the latest corn season he’s noticed in decades.
  • Chilliwack grower Ian Sparkes says his corn crops have been deferred by at least two to three weeks due to this spring’s freezing and wet climate.

Usually, by mid-July, Ian Sparkes’ corn crops are entirely grown and prepared to be harvested and vended.

But this year, the Chilliwack grower says it will be at least another two to three weeks before they can be harvested.

Sparkes says the chilly and wet climate B.C. met this spring is causing the latest corn season he’s seen in decades.

“We require dry soil to work the field and plant the crops. This year … We hardly got two dry days in a row,” Sparkes told CBC. 

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he Chilliwack grower says it will be at least another two to three weeks before they can be harvested

Ideally, corn requires constant temperatures of about 30 C to grow correctly, Sparkes explained. But the climate this summer has been anything but continuous. 

“I’ve never seen rainfall so frequently as this year in my agriculture career,” he said. “It’s stressful.” 

Uncertainties come after recording-breaking June precipitation

Lenore Newman, the director of the food and agriculture institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, states the delays are part of a “knock-on effect” after B.C. registered one of the wettest Junes. 

Source – CBC News

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