Warm, dry weather has fields drying out quickly.
It feels like summer on Vancouver Island as temperatures reached the mid 20’s in some areas Monday.
As a result many farmers are taking advantage of the favourable weather, hitting their fields to prepare for their summer crops.
“The warmer weather is here a little bit earlier and not a lot of rain right now so it’s a perfect time for doing plowing and planting and basically all farming aspects,” said Courtenay farmer Cal Hansen.
At another nearby farm Jacinda Flynn and David Roch are planting their vegetable plants this week as a sprinkler turns nearby.
The calendar says April 18, but they are guarding against the heat already.
“Heat stroke like when you put them in the ground you have to make sure the ground is well soaked and cool enough,” Roch told CHEK News.
“Now with this warm weather we’re keeping them watered and keeping them shaded enough so they’re not too stressed out,” added Flynn.
Brad Chappell is preparing his field for feed barley that should sustain his cattle over next winter but he is worried about the weather and he has not even planted seed yet.
“I mean it’s getting there, there’s still some moisture in the soil but it’s getting there and in another you know if we don’t get that moisture in the next couple of weeks we’ll notice a definite issue.” said Chappell.
He says the last two or three months have been a tale of two extremes for farmers.
“Like sometimes we can plow in February you know and March but you’re right it was absolutely torrential downpour in March and then it’s like the big guy shut the tap off and now it’s just, and turned the heat up too.”
Chappell says it’s important to get the seeds in the ground now while there is still moisture so they can germinate.