Drought-like Conditions even felt in The Sault


The drought that has seemed to put southern Ontario in a grappling hold, is being felt locally too.

Bob Cuerrier, or Farmer Bob, at Mockingbird Hill Farms says walking out in the field “is like walking on cornflakes. it’s so dry.”

He is having trouble feeding his animals on the grass that’s, for now, not really there. He has to put extra hay out for them to feed off of.

Farmers in Toronto are facing smaller crops and higher costs as parts of southern and eastern Ontario suffer through severe drought that is having an impact on fruit and vegetable production.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) says the regions northeast of Toronto and south of Ottawa have reached levels of drought only expected at this time of year once every two decades.

Cuerrier says “usually in Sault Ste. Marie we think we are lucky,” because us and Buffalo, New York are two places that see variable conditions regardless of what is going on in the rest of the province or state.

“We’re still waitin’ for a saving rain and a saving grace.”

In Currier’s corn maze he can tell when it’s getting too dry because he says the leaves curl under, trying to conserve moisture.

He also has a market garden where folks can come and buy pumpkins, gourds, squash, yellow beans, beats and carrots.

Visit Mockingbird Hill Farms website if you want to take a look at what Bob has to offer, especially his corn maze.


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