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Jun 3, 2020

Grains and Sugarcane Fields Flooded in the West!

Many crops are under water due to recent flooding to Tropical Storm Cristobal that formed in the Bay of Campeche. Locally crops and grains are being affected in the west and as you heard earlier, the sugar industry in the north is also being impacted.  Gilbert Canton Junior says the rains delayed planting of grains but damage to standing crops was not extensive. 

 

Gilbert Canton Jr., G.M., Valley of Peace Farms Limited

“It was very significant rains. We got fourteen point inches on this farm. It has definitely halted the harvesting on the side of the sugar cane and on the grain side it has made it so that we have to wait a little while in order to plant our grains. And so we got to do some field repairs and road repairs. But overall this was a very much needed rain. As you know there’s been a drought for the past couple years and even though we’ve had to do some repairs and delay our planting, we are happy with the rain.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, it has caused delays but how does that ultimately impact your production in terms of getting out what you produce?”

 

Gilbert Canton Jr.

“It’s a good point because there is a very tight cycles so we have to get our crop in in June in order to harvest it October and November and then get another crop in November –December. So, it could have an effect. It is hard to say just yet how significant that effect will be because if we dry up right now then we will have great planting conditions because then our water tables will all be filled up and then we will plant and we will have great conditions if we get some sun right now. The rains continue for too long it can lock us out and cause some issues further down the road.”


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