FLOOD WATCH 2017: What does this year’s flooding mean for some farmers? ‘No income’

May 16, 2017 – 6:30 PM

ARMSTRONG – Some farmers in the North Okanagan have more fish than produce in their fields right now due to flooding.

Dorel Krsta, who owns ASG Produce on Otter Lake Road in Armstrong, can’t plant a thing in most of his seven acre field because it’s covered in water. He has hundreds of plants from his greenhouse ready to go in the ground, but nowhere to put them.

In the fields where his crops are supposed to go are muddy trenches, puddles, and dead fish that first washed in when the creek near his home spilled.

“(There) was lots of fish, probably, I don’t know, hundreds,” Krsta says.

Crops that were already in the ground when the water rose, such as potatoes and garlic, are likely ruined. If he does manage to get some crops in the ground, they’ll be a month behind, leaving sales at local farmers markets and select grocery stores uncertain.

“I think I’m done this year for farming,” he says, noting the financial loss is huge.

via FLOOD WATCH 2017: What does this year’s flooding mean for some farmers? ‘No income’ – InfoNews.ca

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