Mother Nature hasn’t cut corn farmers in Taber, Alta., many breaks over the last two seasons.
Johnson Fresh Farms owner James Johnson lost as much as 90 per cent (450 acres) of his crop in 2019 after a massive hailstorm in the first week of August. This year, a hammering of hail on June 13 already has the farmer seeing a second-straight year with losses.
“We probably had about 50 per cent of our acres involved in the hailstorm,” Johnson said. “Out of that 50 per cent of our acres, probably 25 of it we might be able to get some kind of crop off of, but it will be hit and miss.”
Johnson said the area has been exceedingly unlucky when it comes to hail over the last year, a trend that he hopes to see come to an end.
“Hopefully we’re kind of done our turn with getting hit with hail,” he said.
“You can go a long time without it — which we did previously — and then now we’ve kind of had it back to back.”
Johnson said it hasn’t just been the hail that has been tough for farmers to deal with this season.
After a great start for his corn crops, a lack of heat and an abundance of rain slowed things down, delaying the start of selling season.
“It will be pretty tight I think to get out by next weekend.”
Johnson said the goal now is to get trucks out selling corn in time for August long weekend, as long as Mother Nature decides to co-operate.