It is no hidden secret that this summer has been incredibly hot, specifically these past few weeks. With temperatures escalating up to thirty-five degrees celsius and the humidity index exaggerating such temperatures to the mid forties, vegetation has begun to demonstrate the effects of such scorching temperatures.
Not only has this summer been tremendously hot, but it has also been tremendously dry. I was conversing with my father about the drought we are currently experiencing, and he explained to me that he cannot recall a past summer in which a drought existed for such an extended period of time.
Droughts can be incredibly harmful to crops, vegetation and animals, but they also cause significant frustration and limitation for farmers. Water is desperately needed to irrigate crops when no rain occurs, yet because it is so hot, there is also a water restriction in effect within the area in which I reside. Farmers rely on ponds to irrigate their crops, though when no rain exists, the ponds dry up very quickly which is extremely detrimental to not only water supply and resources but for farmers but furthermore the animals that live within and off of the pond resource.
There has also been an increase in agricultural fires throughout this period of drought in Canada. Combines have caught fire in addition to rye fields and barns filled with hay. Hay will be at an ultimate low this year as a result of a minimal yield of rye being able to be combined, meaning shortages will be widespread and prices will skyrocket because of the shortage.
The cost of produce will also increase as a result of such a difficult year in agriculture. Individuals tend to complain when they see prices rise in grocery stores, however they seldom consider why. It is not the choosing of the farmers to escalate the cost of their produce – it is a result of harsh weather conditions and the reliance that agriculture sustains on good weather. When poor weather is experienced, prices of produce and other agriculture goods rise as a means to compensate for the minimal yields of such items.
Please be attentive of the struggle this drought is creating for farmers everywhere, and be cautious of how much water you are using. You do not need to have a green lawn, so please refrain from irrigating it, and instead consider the much more affluential ways in which such water could be used.