1998 was also the earliest harvest we ever had on the farm. That year we started harvest on the 6th of August and finished up on the 4th of September. It was one of those years that you always remember. Other notable years on the farm were the drought of 2002 and the hail storm of 2006.
Our 2021 season is going to be another year that Hamill Farms will remember for a long time. The drought of 2021 will be remembered for both how wide spread it was, as well as its severity. Here are the latest estimates from Statistics Canada on production (in millions of tonnes) for 2021 compared to last year.
All Wheat: 21.71 35.18
Barley: 7.14 10.74
Oats: 2.58 4.57
Canola: 12.78 19.48
Peas: 2.53 4.59
On our farm we were lucky to receive 5.5 inches of rain, enough to give us a very good crop. Most of the prairies were not as fortunate and this will be a very difficult year for many farmers.