While the dry, hot conditions are challenging for firefighters, the rising temperatures are great for some farmers.
Phil Myatovic is a seasoned farmer. He operates Cariboo Growers. Each year, he produces high volumes of vegetables to sell at the Prince George Farmers’ Market and local grocery stores. He says this year had a slow start to the growing season. “In the beginning of the season; in May, we lost 2 weeks because it just wasn’t warm enough like the year before.”
However, with temperatures near 30℃ persisting into next week, things are starting to turn around. “With this little heatwave that we have on, we are slowly catching up,” says Myatovic. “I like the hot weather because the plants need it to grow and get the sugar content in. They mature a lot quicker.”
In these conditions, Myatovic is watering more in the nighttime. “Any area we sprinkle for 4 hours, that is conceivably 3,000 gallons. We have irrigation wells and a water license on the stream.”
He is gearing up for harvest season, which is right around the corner. “We have picked some peas, kale. Beans will be coming on soon. We will be in full harvest in about 10 days.”
Even with the slow start, it’s been a fruitful season for Myatovic.