A once-in-20-years type of drought happening in Ontario is not only affecting people’s lawns.
Since the start of agricultural season on April 1, the drought has stunted the growth of some major crops. Parts of Ontario, including the GTA and Ottawa, are officially in a “severe” drought according to a national report from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Toronto only received around 26 mm of rain in June, compared to the average of 71.5 mm for that month between 1981 and 2010.
Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Don McCabe says the province could face irreversible conditions for this year’s crops.