Climate and Soil
From May-October 2015, Cochrane had an average of 427 mm of precipitation, 1,531 growing degree days and 2,392 crop heat units. Cochrane lies in plant hardiness zones 3a & 3b. Soils are primarily Gray-Luvisol, Gleysol & Mesisol – the district features deep soils with a mix of well and poorly drained clays, covered by organic deposits. The majority of Class 2-4 soils are located in and around the communities that lie along the Claybelt, including Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Matheson and Kapuskasing.