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Canadian farmers fear for onion, carrot and potato crops after heavy rain

Staff Writer |
Heavy rainfall and repeated flooding has damaged crops in Simcoe County, Canada.

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Some farmer’s say their dollar loss is in the millions and worry whether they can stay in business at all.

Barry Dorsey has been farming in Beeton, Canada for decades. But this year is one he’d rather forget. “We’ve been up here for 45 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Hundreds of acres of his onion, carrot and potato crops have been destroyed after constant rain for the past few weeks. Dorsey says the destruction was made worse after municipal water systems overflowed into his crops.

“Two and a half millions dollars of crop loss,” he says.

While some of the water has receded, he and other farmers are still on edge. Agronomist Stephanie Kowalski says at this point, some crops including onions and potatoes have to be written off, as it is too late now to replant.

“We’ve been in business for over 60 years, and that may all go by the wayside if we don't get out of this.”

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