“If you see a vehicle parked on a back road, there is good chance someone is in the field fertilizing and watering their crop,” said Wijnands.
WATERLOO REGION — You might see the corn fields starting to sprout with plants as high as a metre.
Const. Ed Sanchuk of Norfolk County OPP in Simcoe said residents should also beware of booby traps such as overhead wiring or animal traps to stop others from getting at their crops.
The plants are still growing with harvesting in late August and into September but police are warning residents to keep an eye out for strange activity.
Wijnands said growers are often using GPS co-ordinates to locate their plants in fields rather than counting rows.
Nor is there effort put into preventing the problem, Court said.
"They’re getting to be more and more brave about where they put it. It used to be fairly well hidden. They used to hide where they put it," Court said. "But there’s not a lot of effort put into keeping it disguised."
"That’s where most of the damage comes. They zig-zag around a field when the corn is 10 feet tall. It’s really hard on our corn. It’s ruined where they drive," Court said.
Guilbeault said he's never caught anyone planting pot.
Good cover and 'pre-fertilized fields'
He said pot costs him money — only about $100 when the pot is first planted and smaller corn stalks are ripped out.
"They're pretty smart," he said.
"Corn grows six or seven feet tall so it hides the marijuana plant pretty good," Guilbeault said. "Typically what they'll do is they'll go into the field about a hundred feet or so and take out a row of corn, transplant their plants in there and it just gets hidden in between two corn rows and they're good to go until harvest."
Ontario's Rural Pot Problem
But they are also brazen, Court said.
He went on to say farmers find "thousands" of pot plants in Ontario every year.