Weather Data exchange August
August Weather Data from Bill Arthur, South Perth County
Going into August we were extremely dry. We got 39 mm of rain on August 7 which was a crop saver.
The rest of our rainfall came mostly from the 20th to the 26 to get us to just over average rainfall.
Corn was saved from a disaster by the rain on the 7th . Poor land has suffered irreparable damage
but good soils will produce a near average crop of grain although silage corn is shorter than usual.
This will require cutting more area to fill siloís. Expect harvest for corn silage to begin this week.
Hay is growing well now and there will be a chance for more hay to make up for the light 2nd cuts
and that is being cut now to get it done before switching to corn silage.
Edible bean harvest has been progressing in mature fields over the past week.
Soybeans are dropping leaves in many fields and turning colour in the rest. Many soybean fields will
require a burn down because of weeds. Some show aphid damage and there is lots of Ďbugí damage which
will impact quality for IP beans.
HUís, like rainfall, are about average and with the early planting and additional HUís
before my recording started the corn is maturing earlier than normal
COMMENTS: The Heat Unit total for the year caught me a bit by surprise
as I thought that we would be above average. Actually we are as my
count starts for reference purposes on May 15. Most corn was planted
in late April and early May. My total heat units from the first of April
are 2770. However we did have some very cool nights in July that
trimmed back out average.
It remains very dry. From July 23 to Aug 23 we had about 5 mm of rainfall
with 2 mm being the highest recorded. 8 mm on the 23rd and 13
mm on the 25th have pretty well evaporated. Crops, especially on
shallow soils look like it. However a km or two travel can take you to
lush looking crops. As we all know, rainfall has been "spotty" this year.
Corn silage harvest has started in areas depending on variety and
rainfall. Beans are dropping leaves. Grain and hay harvest is
complete with good weather for both.
August Weather Data from Neil Moore, Lindsay area
Very dry in areas while other areas had some rain