Mid-season crop report
Accordingto the Quebec government’s Financiere agricole du Quebec, weather conditions at the beginning of this year’s growing season were very good in the Estrie region. The winter survival of perennial crops was good. The year began with an early maple syrup harvest. However, because of high temperatures in March, the quality of some of the syrup produced was not as high as usual.
The seeding of annual crops got started under favourable conditions and the growth has been fast. Despite the heavy frost at the beginning of May, little damage to crops has been reported, including to the apple crop.
Weather conditions for the first cut of hay were also favourable and the yield was average to above average and of good quality. The yield of annual crops, apples, berries and honey should be average or above average. To sum it up, it was a very good start of the season.
The Financiere agricole du Quebec supports farm enterprises, most notably through its crop insurance program.