Local farms remain stressed
Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6:12PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:57PM EDT
This year's drought continues to put heavy pressure on farms and their owners.
“People are pretty stressed out. It's hurting their families,” said Kurtis Wilson, a local farmer. “It's hurting everybody so it's not a good situation across the board here."
“What we are seeing is a lot of people are looking at their herd numbers and saying, 'I need to sell some animals,'" said Mark Wales, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
"That cob should be 18 inches long. It should have hundreds of kernels of corn and if I count there's probably not ten kernels of corn on that," said Wales, holding up an example of the shriveled crop.
Ben Jardine owns 48 horses at Pinto Valley Ranch.
Jardine said it is like selling members of the family.
“You get attached to these horses," he said. "They all have their own personalities. They're almost like your children."
He said he may have to sell some of his horses because of soaring prices for hay.
The effects of this drought are said to be felt long after crop fields are covered in snow.
With a report from CTV’s Norman Fetterley.