U of G Expert Available to Discuss Summer’s Late Crop Growth


Prof. David Hooker

After a wet spring that delayed planting for many southern Ontario farmers, how are crops doing now that the weather has fully warmed up?

U of G Prof. David Hooker, an expert in crop production, said the recent warm weather has allowed crops to catch up. Crop growth rates in the province have been close to maximum since July.

However, crop yields, including soybean and corn, will still be affected because of delayed planting in the spring, he said.

The next concern is whether corn and soybean will mature before the first frost. Even without a frost, challenges exist in harvesting late-maturing crops, he said.

Hooker, a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, researches crop science at U of G’s Ridgetown Campus and is available to speak with media about the challenges facing growers this year.


Prof. David Hooker