As of mid-November, anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of Ontario’s carrot crop is still in the ground. As one of the largest grower-packer-shippers of root vegetables, John Hambly, Bradford, says that quickly accumulating wet snow on November 18 stopped harvesting for the day. He has 60 acres still to be dug at Gwillimdale Farms.
For Jean Marie Laprise, a grower supplying processing carrots to Bonduelle’s Tecumseh plant, he estimates 50 per cent of his crop is yet to be harvested.
“We will be another two to three weeks harvesting. We don’t like it, but it’s not the latest harvest – we’ve gone into December before. The snow has been a bit of an asset in that the ground isn’t freezing.”
It’s going to be a long, cold and messy winter across much of Canada, according to the seasonal forecast released November 18 by the Weather Network.
November has already brought historically early snowfall in southern Ontario and power outages in the Prairies, setting what chief meteorologist Chris Scott said will be a trend throughout the winter.
“The upcoming winter across the country looks to be more frozen than thawed, and we’ve already seen an early entrance of winter weather this fall,” he said. “The signs that we’re seeing this year do suggest we’re in for a winter that’s more on than off across the country – and that it’s going to be fairly long for many Canadians.”