A Cold Rainy Spring Spells Trouble For Farmers In New Brunswick

At the Shared Earth Farm, Rébeka Frazer-Chiasson laid floating tarpaulins on her young seeds to help them survive the low temperature that accompanies the start of the season. Photo: Radio Canada / Anaïs Brasier

This year, spring is marked by a lot of rain and temperatures below normal, conditions that do not delight New Brunswickers.

The month of June has arrived, but we must dress warmly in New Brunswick. The farmer Rébeka Frazer-Chiasson emphasizes that cold weather does not matter to humans.

“Of course, as we do, plants are a bit cold,” says co-owner of the Farm Shared Earth in Rogersville. She laid floating sheets on her young seeds, structures that help to raise their internal temperature by a few degrees.

If this cold is delaying the growth of the seeds a little, the farmers of the province have adapted. They have grown accustomed to not being able to count on the heat of spring.

“We have seen that in our region, we have never been spoiled with an excessive hot temperature early in the season,” says Roger Richard, owner of the Pouce Vert farm in Acadieville. So we got used to it. On the farm, investments are made, crops grown more and more inside, large tunnels. ”

Rain, on the other hand, is a more complicated issue. The accumulation of water in the fields prevents the good circulation of the tractors, in addition to preventing the seeds in the soil.

“It’s delaying us in weeding, or even making our rows to transplant, or planting,” explains Frazer-Chiasson.

Even more affected monocultures

Some farms are more affected by weather conditions, such as those growing a single product, but in larger quantities. If conditions are bad for a particular food, the impact on monocultures will be greater. “If you can not work on your land or it’s really too cold for this crop, the impact will be much greater at the end of the year,” explains Frazer-Chiasson.

If the sun starts to shine more in the coming days, the backlog accumulated so far will not hurt the farmers in the region too much.


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