July 15, 2018 2:18 pm
Updated: July 16, 2018 9:13 pm

Quebec farmers hoping for rain after drought, heat wave threaten crops

WATCH ABOVE: Environment Canada has issued multiple heat warnings across the country. British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador are being hit hard. Mike Armstrong looks at this heat wave and its impact.

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The president of Quebecs professional farmers’ union says the province’s hot, dry summer is affecting crops.

Marcel Groleau says every area of the province is suffering from a lack of rainfall but the problem is particularly acute in the south and the Lanaudière region north of Montreal.

He says vegetables are most affected by a lack of water but the hay crop also appears to be suffering.

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The head of the province’s vegetable grower’s association says it’s too early to tell whether the hot weather will result in losses.

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Jean-Marie Rainville says that while some crops might be affected, others, such as squash, appear to be doing well so far.

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Groleau says it’s possible the farmers will have to ask the provincial government for financing in order to cover their bills if there are losses.

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