Area harvest results “all over the map”

acres were seeded with corn and 108,291 acres were seeded with soybeans in SD&G in 2011. Information session VANKLEEK HILL | An open house on a proposed addiction treatment cen- tre in Vankleek Hill will be held Monday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Vankleek Hill Curling Club. The informa- tion session will give a chance to the pub- lic to learn more about plans by La Fon- dation l’Ange-Gardien to set up a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the former convent on Higginson Street. Tribute to Bill Beekers Former Champlain Township by-law of- ficer Bill Beekers, who passed away Sep- tember 25 at the age of 60, will be remem- bered through a living tribute. Acting on a suggestion by Councillor Paul-Emile Duval, the township will plant a red maple in memory of the tree lover in the Desjardins-Laurentian Park, situated east of Hawkesbury. 34 job nears completion Motorists will be pleased to know that, if Mother Nature cooperates, the overhaul of Highway 34 in Vankleek Hill will be com- pleted sometime in November. Finishing touches are now being put on the job, Pub- lic Works Superintendent James McMahon reported at the last regular council meet- ing. The job to rebuild the road from Main Street to the northern town limits began this summer.

The combination of high temperatures and low precipitation has stunted hay this year. Most livestock producers have been able to fill that gap with corn silage, notes Quesnel. The numbers In 2011, the average yield for corn in Prescott-Russell was 126.9 bushels per acre, less than the eastern Ontario average of 140.9 and the Ontario average of 151.6 bushels, according to OMAFRA figures. The yield in Stormont-Dundas-Glen- garry was 149.6 bushels per acre. For soybeans, in Prescott-Russell last year, the average yield was 39 bushels per acre, compared to the eastern Ontario average of 40.6 and the provincial aver- age of 44.9. In SD&G, the average was 41.9 bushels per acre. In 2011, Ontario producers harvested 285 million bushels of grain corn. Producers in Prescott-Russell account for about 7 million bushels while SD&G farmers represent about 19 million bush- els of the overall 40 million bushels har- vested in eastern Ontario. For soybeans, Prescott-Russell accounts for about 3 million bushels and SD&G for about 4.5 million bushels of the 13 mil- lion bushels produced in eastern Ontario. Across the province, total soybean pro- duction was 109 million bushels in 2011. Last year, 81,778 acres were seeded with soybeans and 65,395 were seeded with corn in Prescott-Russell. Some 127,887

While results vary greatly, so far farm- ers have been pleasantly surprised by this year’s corn and soybean harvests. Results have been better than expected, considering the region experienced one of the driest summers ever. While a full evaluation of the 2012 grow- ing season will not be available until the harvest has been completed, to date, “mixed”would be the most apt description of eastern Ontario crops. “Yields have been all over the map,” re- ports Gilles Quesnel, a field crops special- ist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. A pyramid effect Corn yields in eastern Ontario have ranged anywhere from 75 to 200 bushels per acre, varying greatly within different areas and even within different operations. On some farms, the crops have been average; on others, the yields have been 50 per cent below normal. In certain areas, a “pyramid effect” has been evident, with corn stalks being tall- er near the centre of a field, and lower near the edges, where moisture has been drained by ditches. “The erratic weather patterns have been more noticeable this year because any moisture has been so rare,” observes Ques- nel. In fact, on certain days this summer, while it had been raining in one part of a

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field, the skies have been clean in another section. “Any small variation in moisture has made a big difference,” the ministry official notes. Organic material has helped retain mois- ture while yields from sandy soil tend to be low. Even the presence of a tree could have an impact on a crop during severe drought conditions. Some producers have been pleasantly surprised.

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