Except for rainfall, June has continued as an average month for temperature and corn heat units (CHU). The average temperature for June now stands at 18.2 degrees Celsius, up slightly from the week before at 18.0 C, but still below the normal for the month at 18.6 C. The mini-heat wave over the weekend will certainly push the average temperature up by week’s end.
The corn heat units (CHU) continued to keep pace, with 546 CHU having been accumulated so far in June. This is exactly where it should be compared to normal for the month – that being 655 CHU. The total for the season now stands at 944 CHU.
There was lots of rain in the last week and many fields still have puddles (even a few ponds!) several days after the mid-week deluge. Wednesday night through to Thursday morning, the rain was falling at a rate of nine millimetres per hour. Total precipitation in the last week was 112 mm (that’s more than a month’s worth in one week!) bringing the month-to-date total to 177 mm (two months’ worth of rain!) and more showers yet to come before the month is done.
In comparison, the Environment Canada weather station in Saint-Anicet is reporting 104 mm precipitation for June; in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, 155 mm; in Ste-Clotilde, 141 mm; and in L’Acadie, 177 mm.
Despite an abundant hay crop it has been hard to make hay and even haylage, as the moisture in the ground keeps the hay damp on the bottom side of the windrows. The corn will easily make “knee-high by the 1st of July.” The strawberries are excellent and abundant, so there will be lots to go round at the strawberry socials in the coming weeks.