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Don-O-Ray Farm says 30% of its crops have been impacted by extreme heatwave

30% of crop impacted

Madison Erhardt

With an extreme heatwave across the region, many farms are struggling to keep crops alive and in good condition.

Don-O-Ray Farms in Kelowna says the heat dome has done a lot of damage.

“Not just vegetables, also fruit. So a lot of the berries have a lot of sunburns some of it is just done. It is not even pickable," said part owner Jas Sanghera.

Sanghera says 30 per cent of their crop is sunburnt.

“A few days ago, this was all planted peas and we couldn't pick it at all, it just went bad on us."

Although crops took a hit, Sanghera says everything is handpicked to ensure all the good crop gets put in the market to be bought by residents.

“As things are going bad in the field and the heat we are keeping the balance of cost and affordability for our customers.”

Environment Canada’s Doug Lundquist says although air quality is moderate across most parts of the BC Interior, the smoke is likely to get worse as fires continue to burn.

“It is coming all over. It is hard to say where any one specific city is getting its smoke from."

The smoke yet another factor Don-O-Ray farms has to prepare for.

“The smoke will affect it. Especially fruit. It will take extra time to ripen. We are really dependant on mother nature.”

The Don-O-Ray Farm Market is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3443 Benvoulin Rd.

**a previous version of this story said 80% of the farm's crops were impacted, when in fact, it was just 30%. The subject of the story clarified their comments after publishing.


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