Rain Damaging CK Crops

Wayne Martin. (Photo by Trevor Thompson) Wayne Martin. (Photo by Trevor Thompson)

Environment Canada is calling it near record amounts of rainfall, while local farmers are calling it a disaster. 

In a three week stretch, continuous downpours of rain has resulted in many fields across Chatham-Kent left with flooded sections, countless crops under water and farmers left with surfaces too wet to work.

Wayne Martin, agriculturalist with the Michigan Sugar Company in Dover, says the hardest hit areas are from Chatham to Wallaceburg, from Bear Line Rd. to Centre Side Rd. “It’s wet all over, we’ve got saturation all over,” Martin says. “So every rainfall is hitting us hard now.”

Martin says it’s too early to put a dollar amount on any lost crops across the region, but he anticipates a large amount of insurance claims will be submitted.

Freelance Reporter


  1. richard

    July 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    The first word out of his mouth was INSURANCE> Why not ,I hope we can still save part of the crop ?Collect the insurance and go back to Florida for another six months.

    • tanya

      July 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      WOW!!! Are you kidding me? I’m sure you still think that your food comes right from the factory. Wake up. Insurance doesn’t even begin to cover costs lost by farmers because of flooding. It is too late to get in the fields and replant, let alone, even trying to spray for weeds, and certainly, fungal infections. These fields are so saturated that the plants in ‘dry’ spots are dying from root rot. Insurances claims by farmers are the least of your worries. Let’s see what you have to say when the cost of your food goes up. Then you’ll have a lot more to say. This effects EVERYONE!!! And your comment about Florida….for 6 months…..ha…..with what we are going to lose because of our severely flooded fields, well, we aren’t even sure we can take the kids camping for a week.

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