With that in mind, Arthur Hadland, a long-term resident and active member of the District Farm Organization says these temperatures are something the industry is getting use to and are continuing to adapt around.
“A drought is just a reality. We seem to be afflicted a little more persistently than we have in the past,” Hadland said. “This year is another one of those drought years that we’ve learned to anticipate.”
One of the ways Hadland says the agricultural community has adapted is by upgrading their techniques and practises to remain vibrant during dry, spring conditions, like starting a bit earlier in the season or minimizing their pillaging and cultivation.
“Every time you cultivate or pill a field, you loose 50 per cent of moisture through evaporation,” Hadland explained. “The least disturbance, the more moisture you have out in the fields that allows the seeds to germinate and the crops to get well established.”
However, Hadland is particularly concerned about the production of canola, which he says requires a healthy amount of moisture, and barring a couple inches of rain, the fields are continuing to brown, indicating a lack of life.
Heading into the fall, those affected by the current conditions can only hope we don’t experience a prolonged drought into the upcoming new season.