Another summer drought expected in the Peace Region

Local farmers are concerned that this summer may be another dry one.

Director of Electoral "C" district and local farmer Arthur Hadland says he is expecting yet another dry spell.

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By the end of June 2008, there were 26.7 millimeters of precipitation in Fort St. John. As of June 18th, 2009, there has been only 0.8 millimeters of precipitation.

Meanwhile, Production Insurance Representative James Griffith says despite the forecasted rain, it still looks to be another dry summer.

Griffith is based out of Dawson Creek, with the Provincial Agriculture and Lands Ministry.

He says the surprise snowfall in May gave the summer’s wheat crop a last shot at surviving.

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While it’s still too soon to tell the extent of damage, Griffith says there will definitely be an increase in filed claims for both forage and grain.

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Griffith says barley and canola are two crops that are heavily impacted by dry conditions.

While Hadland says areas south of the Peace River seem to be dryer, Griffith disagrees. He says he predicts similar conditions in both areas.