The long, cold winter hasn’t had much of a negative effect on crops, local farmers say.
Besides crops being a couple weeks behind schedule, it is business as usual for farmers in the Annapolis Valley.
“We’re later than we usually are with everything but it actually saves us a little spray material,” Ralph Stirling, one of the owners of Stirling Farm, explained, adding that it seems as though the weather has been too cold for pests to survive, but not cold enough to damage or kill crops.
The delay will likely impact how quickly produce gets to market, so the business-side may be impacted slightly as retailers compete to get their crops out, but the plants themselves are doing OK, Jim Stirling said.
Doug Hennigar, owner of Hennigar’s Farm Market, says he hasn’t lost any crops to the cool temperatures either.
“It hasn’t been cold enough to do bud damage to things like peaches and plums,” Hennigar said, adding that those particular crops are quite susceptible to frost.
Besides farmers getting antsy to get out and plow, the farms in the area are in good shape, according to Hennigar.