Farmers in Atlantic Canada are increasingly worried about drought, as many regions on the east coast have been classified as drier than usual for this time of year. According to the Canadian Drought Monitor, as of the end of April, numerous parts of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador were ‘abnormally dry.’ Some areas in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. were marked as experiencing ‘moderate drought.’
In Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, food producers are using their water reserves two months earlier than expected. Greg Donald, potato board general manager for P.E.I., says many potato producers in the province only got a quarter of the rain that they usually get in both April and May.