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Maritime farmers struggling with lack of rain


It's been a tough season for many Canadian farmers
It's been a tough season for many Canadian farmers

The Canadian Press

July 30, 2012 — Lack of rain and high temperatures prove a challenge for farmers in Maritimes.

Farms in New Brunswick have had more rain than Nova Scotia and PEI
Farms in New Brunswick have had more rain than Nova Scotia and PEI

It was the driest spring on record and it's been an abnormally dry July but farmers in the Maritimes should get a reprieve from the heat by the end of the week. 

Senior climatologist with Environment Canada David Phillips says three days of rainy weather are expected to start Wednesday and it could be enough to help jump-start failing crops. He says crops in areas of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have suffered substantial damage after only receiving half of the normal amount of rain expected in July.

New Brunswick is doing better than other parts of the Maritimes, but has still only received two-thirds of the rainfall it normally gets. 

Phillips says the combination of heat and lack of rain is what's causing everything from potatoes to grain crops to struggle. He says while the weather is likely to stay just as warm in August, it's harder to predict rainfall and a good dose of rain could turn it around. 

The Canadian Press

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